Neurosurgeons against public option health plan / reform

Health reform’s going to be hard. Just take a look at the latest anti-reform press release from the two large associations of neurosurgeons. Three main messages:

1. A public option health plan is a bad idea because it will “lead to single payer government-run health care.”

2. “Patient-centered healthcare is threatened by provisions related to comparative effectiveness research, changes to office-based imaging and curtailing the development of physician-owned specialty hospitals.”

3. Reform will just cost too much.

In fact, providing treatment where there is no evidence whatsoever that it works at all is one of the main reasons our health care system costs so much. Comparing effectiveness of treatments is the way to obtain that evidence so we don’t waste money and so we deliver better care – not just more care. In addition, we know overuse of imaging – CAT scans, MRIs and the like – is another major cost driver. The efficiency of “physician-owned speciality hospitals” I’ll leave to others.

Bottom line? To save money in reform – and we need to control costs more than the current Congressional proposals do – then there are going to be many parts of our health care system where major health care players are going to be seeing drops in income. Expect more protest as the health plans become more clear.


  1. jacksmith

    July 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm


    It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.


    We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

    And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

    Progressive democrats the Tri-Caucus and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust government-run public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and request that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

    Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

    In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

    If President Obama has to declare a NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY to rescue the American people from our healthcare crisis, he will need all the sustained support you can give him. STICK WITH HIM! He’s doing a brilliant job.



    Join the fight.

    Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

    (http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/publicoption) (http://www.actblue.com/page/healthcareheroes)

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

  2. north state politics

    July 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    It is incredible to me that they are using comparative effectiveness research to indicate that is would disrupt pateint-centered health care when a patient and doctor surely would want the best available information on which to base their treatment.

    This smells of neurosurgeons who what to protect their high incomes more than doing what’s right for patients.

    Shame on them.

  3. Kimberly

    July 21, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Why don’t they just admit that they are afraid that they will have to actually provide quality care and they are afraid they will be paid a fair rate? They need to understand that as more people become uninsured then they will have less patients that will afford treatment and that will cost them money. They don’t care about the people that are suffering because they can’t afford health care. It is all about the money.

  4. H Martin

    July 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I do not want government run healthcare. Talk to the people in Canada-they come to America to get health care. We do not want it. Many people that don’t have health care choose not to-they spend their money on other things.

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