Remember when the American Medical Association (AMA) — the nation’s largest physicians group — was rah-rah, gung-go for ObamaCare? Remember how the AMA claimed the Affordable Care Act would, you know, make quality healthcare more affordable for more people? And that it would benefit doctors by helping to remedy how they’re reimbursed by Medicare?
Well, that was then…and this is now. That was theoretical “group think”…and this is the actual opinion of individual health care providers.
Now, by close to a 2-1 margin, America’s physicians say loud and clear that they are unhappy with ObamaCare — so unhappy, in fact, that “46% of doctors give President Obama’s healthcare law a “D” or an “F.”
The Washington Examiner shares details of the new survey taken by the Physicians Foundation:
…just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an “A” or a “B.”
The findings come from a survey that was emailed to “virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association” this March through June as the law’s major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors.
One disgusted doctor responding to the survey said that ObamaCare is a prescription for failure:
“The system is broken and I am out of here as soon as I can. I am tired of being used, abused and lied to. Has anyone here woken up to the fact that we are always the last ones to be considered in the equation of change?”
On a related note, a new survey by Pew Research finds that health care remains a topic of critical concern among voters heading into the November midterms. And the negatives still outweigh the positives for the president’s signature health care law.
Overall, opinions of the Affordable Care Act have changed little over the past year. Currently, 44% approve of the law, while 52% disapprove.
This result, of course, will greatly disappoint Democrats, who have long banked on the fact that once people started directly experiencing the supposed benefits of the Affordable Care Act, they would come to like it.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.