"The Battle over Obamacare is over," ABC news host Diane Sawyer pronounced Tuesday night, shortly after President Obama won re-election. For all the disgruntled docs out there, the not-so-close victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sealed it.
For physicians unhappy with the President's healthcare policies, the battle may be over on the outside, but they may be seething on the inside.
Throughout the presidential campaign, many older physicians, in particular, expressed displeasure with regulations and financial cutbacks. Some talked privately about considering early retirement and others vowed to outright quit in the event of an Obama victory.
A month before the election, a survey of more than 4,600 physicians in the U.S. favored Romney by a 53%-to-33% margin, with 12% undecided and others supporting third party candidates, according to MDLinx, the healthcare information firm.
But like the rest of the country, physician specialists were extremely divided among themselves over who should win the presidency.
Hospital-based physicians preferred President Obama by a 47%-to-37% margin, with 12% undecided and the remainder preferring other candidates, MDLinx said. On the other hand, likely voters among solo practitioners expressed a two-to-one preference for Romney.