Obama Wants Someone In India To Pick Your Doctor

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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  • Michael, do you have a link to share with this information?

  • In reply to JimmyGreenfield:

    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1349&GAID=11&DocTypeID=SB&SessionID=84&GA=97

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  • Apparently there was a Senate bill passed this a.m. I don't have that link and am not sure what is in that one. But I know that they tried to pass it in April (see http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-8633-no-agreement-in-sight-on-workersrs-comp-reform.html) and it's been discussed in almost every bill on this subject in the last six months. It's so fluid that it's difficult to tell which is the current bill, although currently there are three up for proposal in the House. When I find out what was (allegedly) passed this a.m. I'll let you know. But every conversation I've had with lawyers for insurance companies, injured workers and conversations with Chamber people has included a desire to add this awful and IMO unconstitutional provision. And like I said, if the shoe was on the other foot and President Obama was trying to make this part of health care reform, people would be picketing.

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    "I don't have that link and am not sure what is in that one. But I know that they tried to pass it in April"

    "When I find out what was (allegedly) passed this a.m"

    yet you say in "Do these facts make you mad?"

    What facts? You admitted being ignorant to the facts. Get the facts...then write the article. Standard procedure.

    Also I'm amazed you would have the audacity to use the word "allegedly". Maybe you should of put "allegedly" in the title as well.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Doors on the left if any of this bothers you. Only thing alleged is that a contact of mine in Springfield told me a bill was passed this a.m. but he doesn't have the details yet. Everything else is facts. Sorry I don't have the bill links for you.

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    Misinformation bothers me. I'm not saying it's intentional, but as always, it's dangerous. Again-you get the details, then you write the article-or at least make clear in the title-or moreover the content of the article, that this is all predicated on-for the time being, hearsay.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Do you believe Bin Laden is dead? Or is that hearsay? Not having a link to the bills at my disposal isn't hearsay or misinformation. There are 100 newspaper articles that discuss this and it's a common topic amongst attorneys.

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    You="Bill which makes people in India pick your MD "ALLEGEDLY" passed today"

    Hearsay=unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge.

    Or in other words-My Lawyer friend in Springfield told me.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Bill from today is alleged.

    Insurance companies run by people in India and these are the ones that would pick your doc = fact.

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    Oh...ok..I'm convinced.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    And here's the bill darling,
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1349&GAID=11&DocTypeID=SB&SessionID=84&GA=97

    "Provides that the employer shall choose all necessary medical, surgical and hospital services reasonably required to cure or relieve from the effects of the accidental injury at the employer's expense, except upon a finding by the Commission that the employer's choice of medical care threatens life, health, or recovery, then the employee may choose a second physician, surgeon, and hospital services at the employer's expense."

    As for insurance companies outsourcing adjuster jobs to India, I guess you'll just have to get hurt on the job to verify that one.

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    See-that would of been nice in the article. Funny thing is we're letting the tail wag the dog here a bit because we're on the same side with respect to the cause. Thanks for the darling sentiment.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    I sincerely apologize if I was in any way antagonistic..really. I know some of the work you do on here-and it's certainly laudable. And the way you framed this article was creative-not to mention motivated by a good cause-I just know how people run w/things....how they literally would equate this bill with health care reform etc. etc.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    ^^^ This exchange between Helfand and koolking83 reminds me of how my ex-girl and I use to argue. Thanks for memories (and for opening up old wounds) guys.

  • In reply to gwill:

    We aim to please. I also find it hard to believe that you and your ex argue about Illinois workers' compensation reform. :)

  • In reply to Findgreatlawyers:

    It was a kinky relationship. Injuries happened.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    I feel violated. May never trust a blog headline again. Why do you play with our hearts strings so recklessly Michael? Ohhh the humanity!

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Bait and switch.

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