7 Out of 10 California Docs Boycott ObamaCare


I blame racism. Or cynicism. Or some kind of ism. Any kind of ism… except the liberalism that is really responsible.

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

In other states, Medicare pays doctors $76 for return-office visits. But in California, Medicare’s reimbursement is $24, according to Dr. Theodore M. Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor.

In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California, they get $160, Mazer added.

Only in September did insurance companies disclose that their rates would be pegged to California’s Medicaid plan, called Medi-Cal. That’s driven many doctors to just say no.

If you like your good health plan… too bad. You’re about to trade it for a very expensive bad apple junk Medicaid plan that no doctor outside Oakland wants to take.

  • worldwatchman

    Doctors across America who aren’t Democrat idiots should boycott Obama and his socialist medical plan.

    • JoshisGems

      Most already are.

  • A Z

    I don’t know why we are arguing about this except that some people want something for nothing (or next to nothing) or are ignorant.

    Think of car repairs. There is an industry standard on how much time replacing car components takes for each make model and year. I forgot if it is Chiltons or some other publisher. So one your car’s problem is diagnosed the cost of repairs from that standpoint is straight forward.

    Now the human body is more complicated and has more moving parts than a car but the concept is the same. It is getting to be more of a science.

    But reimbursement by the government is like a tax levy. It is whatever they say it is or say they need it to be instead of being set by the market or something you can apply one of the methods of cost accounting

    You could think of a doctor getting a bachelors degree and medical school as set up cost. Many people and the government simply do not want to pay for the amortization of that cost much less pay doctors a wage that takes into account their insurance or skill level.

    Meanwhile people think they can eat junk and abuse their bodies and doctors will patch them up gratis.

    • pupsncats

      The medical profession is the only one which the Socialists/Communists/Democrats/Progressives don’t believe should be compensated for their educational and medical school expenses. Instead, they should treat people for free or gladly accept a nominal fee determined by the government.

      • A Z

        It does not take long to destroy the leftist intellectual position with a though experiment.

        So a doctor works for free or nominal fee. People to whom he owes money will repossess any car or house he owns. They will garnish his wages.

        Between garnishment of wages and nominal fees he will live in a crummy and perhaps dangerous part of town. They are more likely to want to join a union and lay bricks than to treat people.

  • Hilda

    Concierge or cash only doctors is the way to go for people who are relatively healthy.

    • pupsncats

      Don’t you mean relatively wealthy?

      That is what the system will be. The wealthy will have priority access to medical care, particularly requiring a specialist and more doctors and other health care providers will set up cash only systems because they won’t be able to afford to practice medicine on the pitiful amount of government-determined payments that will be the only ones they get once Obamacare becomes the only health care system in the country (its true goal.)

      • Hilda

        True that could happen, but because enough people are realizing the scam that OzeroCare is and because not enough people who can afford it are signing up, I predict OzeroCare is going to be done with very soon. All people (patients and doctors) need to do is refuse to comply with anything Ozerocare regulation. The whole program is immoral and unconstitutional.

        • pupsncats

          I wish I could believe it. But there isn’ t enough political will on the Republican side to ensure its demise. And so, like Medicare and Medicaid, Obamacare will remain, sucking out more trillions of dollars from the pockets of this and future generations with rationing a necessity as the influx of baby boomers and illegal aliens into the system will collapse the system.

  • Hilda

    The bureaucrats in DC who think they are better than us get Concierge medicine paid by us and we get screwed with OzeroCare.


    • pupsncats

      Why do you think they have appointed themselves the aristocracy?

  • truebearing

    Let’s see…70% less doctors will treat the population of California, and half of Mexico. What could go wrong there?

    How will Maobama solve that little problem? Grant medical licenses to ACORN members?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      more unionized SEIU non-MD medical personnel

    • pupsncats

      Yes and a new program of collecting taxes to train the millions of illegal alien criminals after they are given amnesty to set up clinics in Planned Parenthood facilities where you can get your free condoms, birth control, abortion, suicide pills, “we love Obama” signs, stickers, pins, coffee mugs, T-shirts, and posters” to take your mind off your health problems.

  • 7Out7

    Eventually, the Obama administration will be forced into its usual Chicago thug tactics to end the doctors’ reluctance to treat ACA, Medicare and Medicaid patients. Fees paid are so low doctors can’t make a living with it, but Federal government can compel them to. How? Suspend medical licenses until they fall in line. If Obama does that, doctors won’t be allowed to practice anywhere, even for free. This would be in addition to IRS demanding audits for ten years back, goons raiding offices looking for unspecified evidence, etc. Yes, doctors’ lives will be turned upside down until they capitulate. About the only thing doctors can do is retire.

    • A Z

      the longer view is that Doctors will complain that if they accept the ridiculously low rates of reimbursement they will go bankrupt.

      At some point after much argument the left will concede this point and then go on to their next gambit.

      They will propose that if they pay for a doctors education then they can pay ridiculously low compensation and doctors will not go broke.

      So after medicine (1/6th of the economy) they have yet another way into education. But they are already into education thru student loans standards, and other areas.

      If they can control the medical profession why not engineers or other professions.

      This is not your fight of yesteryear. These are cauldron battles. There is no respite and no surrender.

  • retired

    All of this political talk minus the financial/economic considerations is meaningless.
    Too many posters get into their Democrat vs. Republican thing or Capitalist vs. Socialist rants ,as though that was where it’s at.This is like spitting into the wind!
    The real facts are these 1)The Medical industry in America is 16% of the nations economy.2)If the Medical industry were a seperate economy it would be the 6th largest economy in the world.That means it would be as big as the whole economy of Great Britain.3) The nit-wits in Washington,with their Obamacare monster,are doing a great job in wrecking an already stressed medical industry.If the Medical industry (16% of the economy) is destroyed it will cause a stock market crash that will be felt around the world.This could very well crash the whole U.S. Economy.4)If the U.S. economy goes down it will drag the EU & the rest of the world with it.5) If all of this happens & it may very well happen,all of us will have bigger things to think about than Democrats vs. Republicans or Capitalists & Socialists.

    • A Z

      “The nit-wits in Washington,with their Obamacare monster,are doing a great job in wrecking”

      They have juris doctorates and these JDs have become politicians ad they they think they know everything and there will must be done

      It is us or them.