fbpx

Who Do You Trust to Fix Healthcare, America?

Marion Mass, M.D. asks us all to stop listening to the same conflicted voices and tell your lawmakers to listen to real physicians and not profiteering parasites.

August 10, 2022

The New York Times reported in 2021 that there is unity of thought in certain circles about how the reach of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be expanded.

That’s unsurprising. Parasitic, special interests will tend to think alike when it comes to sucking nutrition from a host.

The profiteers of the ACA — for example, gigantic health insurance companies and increasingly monopolistic, regional, health systems, as well as pharma companies and the pharmaceutical middlemen PBM — never lose sight of their objective of increasing profits or of the need to bend lawmakers in a direction that serves that objective. In the Inflation Reduction Act, they are at it again.

When it comes to understanding this perverse feature of America’s healthcare economy, the public is decidedly not “woke.”

 

The complexity of “the system” deters most people from even thinking about where all the money is going.

Consider:

1.) The very design of the ACA, misnamed because of its emphasis on coverage — not affordability and not care — has produced a windfall for the alpha parasite among the special interests, the insurers represented by AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans), a lobbying organization known for the generous donation of its “influence” among politicians on both sides of the aisle.

2.) Also enjoying big increases in profit after implementation of the ACA were certain hospitals. Curiously enough, hospitals categorized as “non-profit” did quite well, sometimes at the expense of the indigent patients they claim to serve. By the way, the AHA (the American Hospital Association), is another of Washington’s heavyweight lobbyists.

 

Curiously enough, hospitals categorized as “non-profit” did quite well, sometimes at the expense of the indigent patients they claim to serve. Click To Tweet

 

Note to dozing America: there are CEOs among the nation’s top “non-profit” hospitals whose annual income is close to $20 million.

Feeling “woke” yet?

Most Americans view hospitals and the physicians who staff them as a single entity. Yet in recent years, there is a growing divide between the “suits” and the “scrubs,” the executive-administrative class on one hand and those who actually practice medicine on the other. With slightly more than half of America’s physicians now being hospital employees, few speak out against what they’re seeing and the direction in which things are headed. Hospitals like it that way; each year, they net an average of $2.4 million for each doctor they employ.

 

Note to dozing America: there are CEOs among the nation’s top 'non-profit' hospitals whose annual income is close to $20 million. Click To Tweet

 

The AMA (American Medical Association) long ago ceased representing practicing physicians. Less than 15% of them are members, and the dues collected in 2018 were 10% of the AMA’s $332 million in revenue. By developing other revenue streams, the AMA has made common cause with the parasitic coalition to survive.

Yes, everyone agrees with the platitude cited by the New York Times in its report: “Americans deserve a stable health care market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all.”

But the ACA did nothing toward that end, nothing to reduce costs or the forces that drive them upward, a fact that is nothing if not monumentally awkward.

Will “expanding the ACA”, as suggested in the Inflation Reduction Act  change that?

Of course not.

 

Over the decades, our legislators have woven together legislation that relentlessly favors members of the parasitic coalition.

The result? Consumers pay more for less time with a physician, assuming that they can meet with one.

The profiteering special interests that dominate the warped economy of heath care in America are already leaning on the new administration in Washington. Most people want transparency in the pricing of services. The entrenched special interests oppose it. It’s their “jam.”

 

The profiteering special interests that dominate the warped economy of heath care in America are already leaning on the new administration in Washington. Click To Tweet

 

The same interests pursue consolidation in the direction of near-monopoly power. We shall see how well the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Beccera, lives up to his reputation by resisting their efforts and reversing damage that has already been done.

Perhaps Congress can reverse its headlong plunge to the bottom in public opinion polls by listening to different voices — physicians who actually care for patients. Absent a change of “influence,” Congress will reverse that plunge to the bottom when pigs sprout wings.

 

Perhaps Congress can reverse its headlong plunge to the bottom in public opinion polls by listening to different voices — physicians who actually care for patients. Click To Tweet

 

America, who do you trust to make the ground rules for a better system of health care — a system defined by (1) easy access to medical care at (2) reasonable cost, and (3) relationships between physicians and patients that are unburdened by the sapping effects of an entire class of parasite?

Do you trust the business interests, like the million-dollar CEOs of the parasitic coalition?

Do you trust the politicians who look to the parasitic coalition for the funding to keep their jobs?

Or would you consider hearing what a grassroots movement of fed-up physicians, people who swore an oath to protect you, has to say?

Forget “Utopia.” Simple sanity will do.

Marion Mass, MD

Marion Mass, MD

“If I can do this, anyone can… I am a recovering soccer mom and a community organizer with an M.D. We can and should take back the stewardship of medicine for the sake of our patients and the future!”

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. For more information, or to submit your own opinion, please see our submission guidelines or email opmed@doximity.com. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Find out what we’re looking for here and submit your writing, or send us a pitch.

All opinions published on SomeDocs-Mag are the author’s and do not reflect the official position of SoMeDocs, its staff, editors. SoMeDocs is a magazine built with the safety of free expression and diverse perspectives in mind. Do you have a compelling personal story you’d like to see published on SoMeDocs? Submit your own article now here.

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This learning experience is powered by CMEfy - a platform that brings relevant CMEs to busy clinicians, at the right place and right time. Using short learning nudges, clinicians can reflect and unlock AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Of Interest

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

Affordable Insulin? Yeah Right!

Affordable Insulin? Yeah Right!

Daniel Paull MD had a 19 year old type I diabetic female who he discovered wasn’t taking any insulin because she couldn’t afford it.

Social Dissections

[SERIES] Social Dissections

Join us in a visual and audio show, where we host light conversations with some of today’s standout healthcare experts.

David Norris, MD, MBA

Negotiate as a Physician and Win

Catch this 8-part series, hosted by physician & business consultant David Norris, MD, MBA & produced by Dana Corriel, MD. Learn to be a stronger negotiator with these important tactics.

Jamian Reed, DO

Jamian Reed, DO

Introducing Psychodynamic Osteopathy to find health of body, mind, and spirit.

Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD

Alina Olteanu, MD, PhD

Preventing chronic diseases, including mental health struggles, starts in childhood! Healthy children grow into health adults!

Uday Khosla, MD

Uday Khosla, MD

I am a nephrologist who focuses on developing businesses that support physician independence and improve the healthcare experience for both patients and physicians.

Lisa Cabral, MD

Lisa Cabral, MD

Integrating conventional emergency medicine practices with holistic modalities to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment

Want More?

Be a part of our healthcare revolution. Don't miss a thing SoMeDocs publishes!

Disclaimer: SoMeDocs assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, claims, or content of the individual experts' profiles, contributions and courses. Details within posts cannot be verified. This site does not represent medical advice and you should always consult with your private physician before taking on anything you read online. See SoMeDocs' Terms of Use for more information.

follow us

© 2024 SoMeDocs. All Rights Reserved.

Soak up our content & grow

Earn CME

Drop your email address below and we’ll email you the link for earning CME (through CMEfy). Please check your spam folder if you do not receive our email. We’ll also add you to our Sunday newsletter, so you can earn more CME credits reading our content!

Support A Platform that Celebrates Real Doctors

For just $10 a month, you can help keep this openly accessible site available to all & help us sponsor in more doctors.

Interested in subscribing
to our unique content?

Interested in subscribing to our unique content?

I acknowledge that this site is not to be used for medical advice.

Play Video
Our Founder Answers Your BURNING Question

SoMeDocs

“Why should I become a member of SoMeDocs if I already have my own space online?”

Site SoMeDocs Logo, square

WANT TO STAY IN THE LOOP?

DON'T MISS A SINGLE CONTENT PIECE.