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After SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling, No Middle Ground Will Remain

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2012

While the AAFP half-heartedly gives its approval of the act, a growing number of physicians seem to be more upset about the law. Surveys and polls conducted periodically over the past two years show doctors expressing a steady and increasing dislike of the reform effort, indicating a widening gap between those who endorsed healthcare reform and those who did not.

In 2011, the year after the law was adopted, a HealthLeaders Media industry survey found that 30% of physicians thought the law was positive, 30% were neutral, and 10% were very negative. Earlier this year, another Health Leaders Media industry revealed that 53% of physicians believe the current state of the healthcare industry is "on the wrong track."

The disapproval numbers are getting higher. A new survey released this week by Jackson Healthcare, a physician staffing firm based in Alpharetta, Ga., shows 68% of physicians disagree that the law will have a positive impact on physician/patient relationships. Only 12% of physicians say the law provides the needed healthcare reform for the country.

In a report, the company says that physicians gave healthcare reform a letter grade of  "D," says Richard  L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. "It's worse than before," Jackson tells HealthLeaders Media, of physician attitudes about healthcare reform.

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5 comments on "After SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling, No Middle Ground Will Remain"


pplemmons (6/19/2012 at 2:17 PM)
I beg to differ with my friend Joe Tye. How can the mandate be construed as taking personal responsibility when individuals are being compelled by the government? This is a complete contradiction. The mandate is reason enough to reject the law, but it is also larded with features that take a giant step toward government control over private health decisions. I for one do not want to cede my constitutional freedoms to apparatchiks in Washington, D.C.

joe (6/18/2012 at 9:27 AM)
"Whether it's real or not, I think they feel they don't want more government control." What an interesting comment by a supposedly 'educated' physician...I wonder if the good doctor prefers having the insurance companies having MORE control over his practice? srsly the ignorance of some people is hard to understand

kakistocraphobe (6/15/2012 at 10:20 AM)
Tyco, perhaps some doctors actually care whether Congress is passing unconstitutional laws, regardless of their pocketbooks. That would actually be a very mature position.