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Obamacare Critics React

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 02:18 PM EDT
Now to our countdown to healthcare reform.  Major portions of the new law go into effect starting October first.

As Jennifer Gilbert reports, one of the outspoken critics of reform, who is also a doctor, says seeing a doctor in the future may be tougher for us all.

Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who recently retired from Johns Hopkins, has been an outspoken critic of the affordable care act from the beginning.

What is the impact now, on doctors?

Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, "it means a new horror every month, basically as we find out more and more things that are required of us."

Requirements, like more documentation, in order for doctors to get paid, and loopholes that could leave doctors holding the bag.

For example, if patients in state health insurance exchanges fail to pay their premiums, the patient gets a three month grace period, but insurers are only responsible for paying one month's worth of bills.
               
Dr. Ben Carson, "those are going to be the things that make medicine considerably less desirable.  Unless it's addressed you're going to have a lot of people getting out of the profession."

In fact, recent numbers show that more than 9,000 doctors opted out of medicare participation in 2012, that number tripling since 2009.

Many factors contributing to a projected shortage of doctors and the emergence of concierge practices, where doctors take on a smaller number of patients who pay out of pocket thousands of dollars a year.

But Dr. Carson sees hope, that reform will fail. Dr. Carson, "oh absolutely. There's no way it's sustainable."

Some doctors have taken what many consider extreme steps.  Earlier this year, a Maine doctor stopped accepting medicare, medicaid and even private insurance because of the changes coming with healthcare reform.  Now, he posts his price for services online and says he’s been able to cut his prices in half because he’s cut out the middlemen of government and insurance companies.Obamacare Critics React


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