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Dr. Amerling: New Congress Should, but Likely Won't, Repeal Obamacare

By    |   Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:43 AM

Despite Republicans taking control of Congress come January, Dr. Richard Amerling, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, is not confident that the leadership in the House or Senate is committed to repealing Obamacare, he said Wednesday on "America’s Forum."

"They are probably beholden to some of the same interests that helped push the law through initially," Amerling told the Newsmax TV program. "They're going to be reluctant to dismantle it in its entirety, which is what should be done."

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"I’m very concerned about the capitulatory tone that the leadership has already adopted in terms of forgoing any possibility of a government shutdown," he said. "They are probably willing to surrender their power of the purse to effect real changes in Obamacare and other dictatorial edicts from the president, such as so-called immigration reform."

Once fully implemented, Amerling said, the effects of Obamacare will be "devastating."

"Obamacare is going to push what I called standardized medical care on the masses," he said. "That is medical care delivered based on population studies that give you averages, but they don't tell you how to treat the individual patient in your office.

"They use so-called evidence-based medicine to justify these standards. They are being pushed by the pharmaceutical industry, by and large, and they drive doctors to prescribe more and more medications for patients that they really don't need and are probably harmful."

Physicians are now largely part of "hospitals’ sphere," meaning they are accountable to the hospital and unable to make their own decisions. As a result, fewer people are choosing to go into medicine, Amerling said.

"That's largely because payments are down and expenses are up," he said. "As a business model, it's not good. Your expenses are continually rising and you're unable to increase your fees to compensate for it. It really doesn't look good for the private practitioner right now."

He encourages Americans to be vigilant about contracting with private physicians who will practice individualized medical care.

People need doctors "who will treat them as an individual and not follow these edicts from the central planners on how to best manage various conditions." These physicians "use their experience, judgment and training for you and not try to fit you into some sort of a target group or an outcome that is mandated from above," he said.

"Good medical care is individualize care. When you're treating according to practice guidelines or standards of care, you're going to harm patients."

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Dr. Richard Amerling, president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, tells "America's Forum" he's not confident that Republican leaders of the new Congress are committed to repealing Obamacare.
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