President Obama's health care reform plan was just revealed to require that if you want to see a doctor, you can no longer choose who you want to see. Forget if you already know of a good doctor, have done your research or found one that is convenient to where you live. Forget how serious your condition is or the reputation of the doctor. You will no longer pick a doctor the same way.
Instead President Obama's program will require you to call a number that gets forwarded to a person sitting in some city in India. That person will not care about your health, who is best for you or what you want. Instead they will tell you who you are seeing and if you want your insurance to cover the claim, you must treat with that doctor. If the surgeon has a reputation as a butcher, too bad. If the main office is 45 minutes from your house, that's your problem. If you don't like it then pay out of pocket.
Do these facts make you mad? They should and they are all true with a small twist. This strange and cruel plan isn't from President Obama, but it's from some of your legislators if you are hurt on the job in Illinois.
Basically they want to "reform" the workers' compensation system so that if you are injured on the job and want benefits, you can't choose your own doctor. Instead the insurance company would choose for you. Many of these companies are staffed by adjustors whose jobs have been shipped to India. As you can imagine, those people don't have a good handle on who the best doctors are in Chicago.
Of course the quality of the doctor has nothing to do with who they would recommend. Instead they direct you to physicians that are either 1. Cheap or 2. Willing to say whatever the insurance company wants in order to deny the claim. Is every doctor that way? Of course not, but many are.
There is no way you would have accepted President Obama (or anyone else) telling you who you must see in order to get medical care. That shouldn't change just because you are hurt on the job. There are definitely things about the workers' compensation system that can be improved to save employers and insurance companies money. But this is just an insane proposal that promises to hurt the health of tens of thousands every single year.
And let's not kid ourselves, if President Obama had this provision in his health care plan, people would have been picketing in the streets and talking about how the Government is interfering in to the private lives of citizens. Why this bill isn't getting more outrage is a mystery.
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