An Oklahoma-based physician is questioning the right to
healthcare under ObamaCare and the role of physicians who are paid
little to provide it.
With President Obama's re-election, many are enthusiastic about
their coming access to healthcare. But Dr. Keith Smith, an
Oklahoma-based board-certified anesthesiologist, ponders upon the
quality of care patients will receive.
He explains that come 2014, patients will have to
prove that they have insurance, or they will be forced to pay a
minimum of $95 that will climb to nearly $700 if they choose to opt
out. So, he believes many will likely be handed a Medicaid
card under ObamaCare.
"Often times, somebody that has a Medicaid card or even a
Medicare card in their wallet, they have trouble with access just
by virtue of having that card," the anesthesiologist explains. "A
lot of physicians are not willing to see Medicare or Medicaid
patients due to the hassles … the red tape … the low payments and
the price controls that are involved."
Dr. Smith tells OneNewsNow he stopped doing cardiac
anesthesia because half of his patients were under Medicare, and
payment for his services was far below what it should have
been. So, he asserts that more doctors will refuse Medicaid and
Medicare patients or be forced by the government to work.
"The people waving their cards saying, I've got
insurance -- that doesn't mean that they're going to get
care," Smith warns. "If anything, it means they probably will be
discriminated against if they have a government card, because there
will have to be price controls associated with these new