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Obama Rallies Doctors

President Obama greets doctors in the Rose Garden following an event at the White House. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Scott Wilson
President Obama gathered doctors at the White House Monday for a pep rally in support of his health care reform plans, which he argued would help them spend more time treating patients and less time filling out forms.

Obama said little new about his signature domestic policy initiative, but he used the choreographed event to put some momentum behind reform proposals taking shape in Congress. The key Senate Finance Committee may vote this week on its version of health-care reform legislation.

The roughly 150 doctors assembled wore white lab coats under the brilliant fall sun, some sheepishly carrying them under their arms as they made their way to the folding chairs. In opening his remarks, Obama called them "spiffy."

The guest list contained doctors from every state, and their names were listed in White House background materials. By gathering physicians from around the country, the White House appeared to be trying to push its reform message down into state and local media, using the doctors as representatives.

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"If you're willing to speak out strongly on behalf of the things you care about and what you see each and every day as you're serving patients all across the country, I'm confident we are going to get health reform passed this year," Obama told them.

Obama used the doctors' presence to argue generally that those who know the health care system best -- the nation's doctors and nurses -- are among the chief proponents of reform. His brief remarks were interrupted several times by applause and a few cheers.

He said "we have heard all the arguments" for and against reform, citing at one point "the crazy claims" that his plans call for so-called death panels that would make end-of-life decisions for seniors.

Obama spelled out "again," as he put it, the insurance guarantees and insurance-exchange proposal that he supports in legislation emerging in Congress. He highlighted one proposal to forgive the loans of medical students who decide to practice primary-care medicine in rural and underserved communities, drawing hearty applause in return.

But his chief argument for the doctors was that his plan would allow them to better fulfill the "oath" they took as they began practicing medicine. He said that oath was not to "become bean counters or paper pushers," but "to save lives." In a reformed health care system, he said, they would have more time to do that.

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Posted by: StewartIII | October 6, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Seeing all the staged white lab coats at the White House immediately brought to mind another staged event intended to fool the people. That is when another President, Saddam Hussein, staged an Iraqi in front of a bombed out facility with a lab coat on that said in English, "Baby Milk Plant Iraq". The implication is obvious. But little changes with time, and in this case liberal (and eventually fired) media man Peter Arnett fed the flames of propoganda and perpetuated the farce. The persons wearing the coat have changed with 19 years, but the intent has not. And wasn't yesterday's propoganda ploy incredibally amateur and insulting to ones intelligence. Mr President, it will take a bit more than staged White Coats to convince the average American that you have the right healthcare plan. I wasn't convinced with the lab coat staged during Desert Storm and I'm not convinced today. Of course, I would not expect the media to have reported it. For they are amateurs as well.

Posted by: donchew1 | October 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Where is the photo-op,or even a mention, of 9/10/09 where over 1,000 Doctors marched on the Capitol in opposition of government run health care? They took off time from their practices, paid their own way, footed their own bills and were ignored,unlike these staged schmucks. Check out and find out what they really think.

Posted by: inmanorj | October 6, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Typical staged event stocked with those who campaigned for Obama otherwise known as "Doctors for Obama" and now known as "Doctors for America". Leftist propaganda pure and simple and the Post is doing their part for the cult of Obama.

Posted by: PupsMcCann | October 6, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Som Obama wants to put up his 150 Doctors (How many phoney) some of which he supplied their white coats against our 2 million citizens, none phoney who showed up to protest his healthCONTROL plans....

Posted by: TexRancher | October 6, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Katherine Serkes of the AAPS talked with some of the doctors that supposedly supported Obama's health care reform only to find that many of the invited doctors did not support, nor did they know why they were there. The whole thing was a propaganda photo shoot, and no one was asked their opinions. Rally, hardly...mistake, certainly.

Posted by: sperrysphere1957 | October 6, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has repeatedly stated that the time is now for health care reform. Why? Because insurance premiums are rising so much. However, even the authors of the proposed Senate bill admit that its immediate effect will be a rise in insurance premiums for all Americans (a rise in premiums occurred in Michigan when they passed a similar plan). So basically, they are worsening the very problem they claim to be trying to fix. If they succeed in dictating what percentage of insurance premiums companies must spend on what, we will see an immediate drop in customer service ("overhead") and small insurance companies will go out of business. Will a public option save us all? Let's see... insurance companies have a large incentive to be efficient ($$$ in their own pockets) and yet their profits are a mere 3% per year. The government, with its history of waste and inefficiency and with huge start-up costs (forms, buildings, people, policies, computers, etc)cannot possibly run a better insurance company for less. We will end up with worse insurance costing more for all. It is one thing to be in favor of the general idea of health care reform but another thing entirely for politicians to create a fix that would actually work. They haven't.

Posted by: sam38 | October 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

We can't blame the AMA for getting mixed up in politics - even with bad politicians. Doctors are stuck between a rock and hard place. Most doctors want reform, but not because of a public option as this administration would like people to believe (Notice the public option was not mentioned during this rally).

Doctors support reform with Obama because the President made a promise to repeal of the flawed SGR (sustainable growth rate) formula - $240 billion in doctors fees over the next decade (CBO estimate). In 2010 they have a scheduled 20% cut in fees. The risk of openly opposing ObamaCare could mean physicians losing their income, especially since the President has a history of breaking promises, and the threat of Medicare style public option still looming.

Whoever said these doctors were paid is almost correct. As soon as ObamaCare is passed, doctors will be paid in the tune of 240 billion dollars.

Posted by: NorthMan | October 6, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Also....I work with many physicians. Many are not even citizens of this once great Country.... Many received an participate in the picture op.... Why are physicians that are not even allowed to vote, (because they are not citizens) invited for this picture op????? Wake up...

Posted by: MsDee1 | October 6, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I am in health care. I do not know any physicians who want to become employees of the United States Government. Our physicians have gone to school most of their lives to take directions from government and large Ins. companies??? Come on America... It's time for all to back off and let the LICENSED practice medicine...Not Government...Not Insurance Companies...etc... The picture is a joke and makes HCR ... look like a joke...
When it really is NOT ..... a laughing matter. America....start speaking out..Loud.
Before it truly is all an illusion...smoke and mirrors. It's time for Health care choices to be put back in the hands of our EDUCATED LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS and the citizens/patients. Big business.../Hospital bureaucrats/Large Insurance companies/ Pharmaceutical Co./ Government officials....It's time to back off. It is against the law...To PRACTICE MEDICINE.... without a Medical LICENSE.
America wake up.

Posted by: MsDee1 | October 6, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

The sight of those doctors all in white lab coats could have been straight out of: a: a Groucho Marks movie, b: a cultural spoof from the Onion, c: a Monty Python skit, or d: a video companion to the Firesign Theater's album, "We're All Bozos On This Bus". Good Lord, what have we come to? Imagine the operative distributing the lab coats to this coterie of medical experts and then directing them as to their positions on the lawn, surrounding the President, when to clap, etc. Perhaps our President needs a new communications "czar". This type of staged, costumed extravaganza creates an instant caricature of the event and diminishes whatever the President was trying to convey.

Posted by: tcherjohn | October 5, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

So, we don't have a leader, we have a cheerleader. Looking for a happy fun time photo op. How about those secret meetings with the insurance companies? Any photo ops there?
Obama is turning out to be the most loser president EVER. He does NOTHING but rack up a huge deficit. Democrats, who are you going to nominate in 2012? Because you can't run this completely clueless smiling dummy.

Posted by: Beckola | October 5, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Stupid dog trick? Like Letterman (who I never watch) this president is rapidly running out of stunts. Now, if you heard or read the news, the health care crisis will create much needed jobs. Again, "The Sky is Falling." Obama and Grayson must have rehearsed their 'schtick" together. Good god, will Obama just shut up and do some work.

Posted by: marine2211 | October 5, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Considering that a third of existing doctors say they'd quit if this travesty passes, this article is too funny for words.

Posted by: birvin9999 | October 5, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess just doesn't get it. People are tired of the shenanigans. How about getting something done instead of all these photo ops?

Posted by: PittAlum | October 5, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

What was missing from this article was that there were 750 lawyers behind the bushes with med-mal lawsuits in their hands.

Posted by: grunk | October 5, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

How stupid to read the absurd ideas that this was staged. Doctors have been organizing and planning this since the 'death panel' statements and other lies from Palin/ Fox "News"/ insurance industry & their dupes began. This event was overdue. It's time for public option. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | October 5, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

We need the names and addresses of all the doctors who attnended "The White House Summons". That, way, if their patients like the public option, they can keep their doctors. But, if they don't, they can "fire" their doctors. Do you really want a doctor to go to the White House and be a shill for The Big O?

My daughter-in-law is a doctor, and she is appalled that doctors are not standing up for their patients.

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | October 5, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Almost 2/3 of all physicians support a public option, and 58% support lowering the eligibility age for Medicare down to 55, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a recent survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

What do America's physicians know that the conservatard tea-party birthers do not? Wait, America's physicians are really Islamo-fascist socialists who hate America! Are they, conservaturds?

Posted by: Garak | October 5, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

9 out of 10 Doctors agree;

that ONE who supports O'Bomba-Nation;

has been getting into the Pharms! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 5, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Gee, for a view on doctors' opinions I can either trust Invsetors Business daily or the New England Journal of Medicine.

I think I'll believe the NEJM, thanks.

Most docs want a public option (if not outright universal healthcare) and so does that public. Get it done, Congress!

Posted by: gce1356 | October 5, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

|Fux news is portraying this as a stunt. |however, overwhelming numbers -- a study |published a week or so ago showed more than |75% -- of doctors support a public option. |Even higher percentages of nurses and other |health care professionals. they support it |because they have the colsest experience in |dealing with both private and public |insurance models and know how well the public |ones work in comparison to private.

John1263 - this is a complete fabrication! I cannot believe you have the gonads to make up such garbage.

As stated earlier, physicians overwhelmingly DON'T support the idea of the presidents version of health care reform. They support reform probably more in tandem with what the GOP is proposing. Namely competition, tort reform, etc.

While most physicians are appalled at insurance company behavior, they are even MORE appalled at medicare, medicaid, and the idea of government involvement.

To know how most docs feel, check out:

Posted by: scalper | October 5, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

How much did the 150 doctors cost us?

Posted by: OptimistTN | October 5, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

What? No Hugh Laurie? Where's the Scrubs cast?

Posted by: EcoAZ | October 5, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Only one question for all those ridiculing Obama and his efforts to reform health care: why, in this great country, do people have to get up at 2 a.m. to line up in hopes of being one of 1500 people who will be able to get free health care--because they can't afford health insurance, or lost it when they lost their jobs, or whatever? How about walking in their shoes before finding fault with everything Obama tries to do to fix this mess?

Posted by: sky4j | October 5, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This really is toooo funny, all the white coats, thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | October 5, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

guys in white coats.
this is so staged its hilarious.
when is obama going to realise he is(?) president?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 5, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

1. The free enterprise method to health care be observed. Institutionalized, co-oed and foundationalized medicine has brought to this moment where the American Workforce can not pay for health insurance. Coupled with the dark aged thought of primal health care services have destroyed our health care of emerging technologies, thus, compelling our people to tired symptomic health care practices. Only our commitment to Nuclear Medicine (TLD-dosimeters), Preventive Care and Occupational Care will lower health care premiums so as the economy reaches the recovery phase our workers can purchase health insurance as capitalization of markets permits.
2. Health providers and insurance providers must stay focus on their market-share, the unemployed. The short-circuited approach to institutionalized medicine will enable quacks to operate on our troops (our people) in expanded numbers, again, causing a spike in health insurance premiums. A full employment initiative is the only right answer to stemming the tide of health insurance premium denials. Capitalization is the only definitive answer of better access to health care. This is a long term problem that only father-time can fix, beacuse, this issue did not sprout up from the ground, its been here. Lets do health care right with a work and purchase format. Word!!!

Note: BBC, New York Times and Reuters dont place institutional medicine over the heads of the Proletarians (the working class).
Again, stop the Happy News Network Syndrome, now, please!!!!

Antonio the Sun

Posted by: sterlinggo1 | October 5, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Barry summons his props in their gowns as if that is some overwhelming endorsement by the medical profession. Barry really is in desperation mode. What an embarrassment.

Posted by: FraudObama | October 5, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Man all the wackos are loose today on the forum, guess they are tired of Fox or paid bashers.....probably seeing so many white lab coats makes then snarl like pavlolv's dogs...poor souls.....don't worry your doc is going to put you away again as soon as he's finished with prescribing the meds to rush, hannity, beck, etc...

Posted by: biglio | October 5, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse


Gotta admit, sending for the men in the white coats doesn't seem to convey the right message.

Reminds me of that old Three Stooges bit:

Whose idea was that? The doctors or someone in the White House? I am hoping the former.

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 5, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, what a show. Do you think he could take a few minutes of his busy schedule to think about the DEAD American Soldiers we lost over the week end???? This man could care less. IMPEACH NOW!!!
God Bless Our Troops and be with their families in their time of sorrow.

Posted by: sprayadhesive | October 5, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse


FOR transparency, in campaign speeches.

AGAINST transparency, in secret White House meetings with Big Pharma and AMA.

FOR transparency at DOD under Bush.

AGAINST transparency with McChrystal.

FOR earmarks, giving 1 Million Dollars to Univ. Of Chicago Hospital.

AGAINST transparency on Michelle's 300,000 job there.

FOR White House White Coat PR opps.

AGAINST transparency and posting Health Care Legislation online.

FOR posting our (not his) Medical Record Online.

Flip, flop. Flip, flop.

Obama is definitely a flop.

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | October 5, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Good old Barry Soretoto seems to have forgotten the Million Doctor March against Obamacare last week.

Posted by: mike85 | October 5, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a guy ! He's an expert on Banking, Auto Manufacturing, Insurance,all
Military matters, and now Medicine !

Actually the s.o.b. is just an egomaniac with no actual skills at all except for being a polished scam and con artist.

Posted by: tucanofulano | October 5, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Lots of white coats at the White House - plus a white flag for lobbyists. Alas, they are not coming to take him away... 39 months to go.

Doctors love to take free trips - the pharmaceutical companies send them to seminars in Switzerland all the time.

Posted by: alance | October 5, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Of the eight top insurers Medicare is most likely to reject a claim, sending away 6.85% of requests. This is more than any private insurer and double that of the private insurers’ average!

In short, the AMA is endorsing a plan whose closest existing example is the most frequent denier of claims. How the public option exemplifies “delivering care to patients” is unclear.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | October 5, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, you should fire the staffer who suggested that these doctors show up at the White House in their white coats. It just makes the whole thing look rather silly. You are not getting very good advice lately.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | October 5, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Prez O, why not institute a fat tax on the population? I bet you could raise $1T for your social welfare programs......

Posted by: WildBill1 | October 5, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the few Doc's who were hand picked by the Administration. No self respecting Doctor would support something that doesn't exist yet and Congress and the public won't be given time to read before it's voted on!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 5, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The Seinfeld Presidency...a presidency about nothing.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | October 5, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Doctor. Doctor. doc-TER. DOCter. Daaaahkter. Doctor, AND Doctor."

They should have whipped off their coats and broken out into a conga line.

Posted by: EcoAZ | October 5, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama used the doctors' presence to argue generally that those who know the health care system best -- the nation's doctors and nurses -- are among the chief proponents of reform
so why is he ignoring the GREATER NUMBER of doctors who say it stinks?

WHY didnt he first ASK the doctors' opinions and be guided by the majority?

kinda' like makeing a decision on Iran without consulting the people who knew best what was going on there? and instead of first CONSULTING with IEIA and ask of iran's capability the decided that iran was not a threat?

imo, obama speaks far too soon before he finds out the problem. he gives the impression that whatever he imagines is what MUST BE SO even if he has to create the mold.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 5, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

if we are already losing so much money in the other govt. run programs on health why would we RISK putting government in charge of more of it?

IF he really wants to bring costs down how about policing the overspending in medicaid for example? instead of paing $7,000 for a piece of equipment that costs $600.00 why isnt he busy cleaning that up?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 5, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

imo obma is a laxy man who does not believe in doing the work to get the best results. he doesnt put in the time and when he hits a speedbump his solution is to show up with a smile and a speech and choreographed questioners that he calls on que. its one big soap opera to him and he's the star.

63% of physicians in this country says they are totally against obama’s plan ( THE PUBLIC STRONGLY IS AGAINST IT, but obama pushes that smile and speech and keeps on HOPING...

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | October 5, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"This is Dr. Cheswick, Dr. Taber, Dr. Frederickson, Dr. Scanlon, the famous Dr. Scanlon, Mr. Harding, ..."

Posted by: ej_smug | October 5, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

IF these were real docs, I hope the white coats were freshly laundered. Wouldn't want the One to be at risk for infections that collect on doctor's white coats over time.

Posted by: bandmom22 | October 5, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Now if Sean Hannity or Glen Beck had one doctor on opposing healthcare reform, that would be a landslide, the most solid demonstration of anti-reform that you could imagine. Where do all these trolls come from, under a rock?

Solution -- let all those opposed to reform keep their God-given right to have insurers reject their claims and refuse to insure them for pre-existing conditions (including mental weakness). Budget problem solved, health care solved.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | October 5, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Well now THIS is VERY transparent, eh?

Posted by: BJD55 | October 5, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You people don't believe those were real doctors do you? That was central casting all the way baby..This Obama crime syndicate running the white house is a disaster..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 5, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Op-Ed Columnist
The Public Imperative
Published: October 4, 2009
New York Times

Mr. Cohen opines that objection to a National Health Service in the USA stems from rugged individualism and from the notion that your neighbor doesn't want to pay for your gallbladder operation. Well, uninformed ones, insurance is supposed to be an arrangement where everybody antes up into a pool and bets they won't get sick. If they do get sick, the resulting fund takes care of the bills. Because the pool is enormous, the regular payments into it are manageable. Because the pool is enormous, it can withstand catastrophic illness, such as the result of riding a motorcycle at top speed without a helmet while drunk at night, such as a rugged individualist might do. The perverted system we got limits the population of insureds to the very wealthy and those who are employed by substantial enterprises. And by insurance I refer to the system whereby insurance companies find any reason at all to toss claims into the trash rather than pay them. Rugged individualists claim the government cannot do anything right and a National Health System would necessarily produce a tax rise. The U.S. Marines are a particularly well-managed government program. The U.S. Space Program did what President Kennedy envisaged. The IRS manages to collect taxes pretty efficiently. So it is not necessary that government-run means poorly run. That is a matter choice by those responsible. And privately run is no guarantee of superb performance. Invest with Merrill Lynch or Wachovia? I don't think so.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | October 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear God. Obama clearly demonstrates his low opinion of U.S. intellect.

Why didn't he have the show doctors break into a Radio City Music Hall dance line?

What a jerk.

Posted by: EcoAZ | October 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am speechless! And, as usual, so is Mainstream Media.


Where is the outrage at the immature, transparent, manipulative behavior of this administration?

Posted by: JAH3 | October 5, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Obama used the doctors' presence to argue generally that those who know the health care system best -- the nation's doctors and nurses -- are among the chief proponents of reform."

Are they proponents of THIS reform, or the general notion that reform needs to occur?

And when the article said "President Obama gathered doctors at the White House Monday for a pep rally in support of his health care reform plans", which of the proposal from Congress are HIS? The proposals I hear about have NOT come from Obama!

Does Obama even know how to write a law, or just talk about it?

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | October 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, spare me . . . that was the most ridiculous, staged charade he has produced lately. Other than his cult Kool Aid drinkers and his parasitic constituents, just whom does he think he is fooling.

Posted by: rplat | October 5, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

obama, You Lie!

Posted by: wmpowellfan | October 5, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO POTUS: "First, Do No Harm."



• Obama agenda, rule of law subverted by fed-funded, extrajudicial, warrantless GPS-activated vigilante Gestapo that is protected by local law enforcement and has operatives within health care facilities -- compromising the quality of patient care.

* Microwave/laser radiation "directed energy weapons" deployed to silently torture and degrade the health of unjustly targeted American citizens -- the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

• "Intelligence-based policing" a pretext for a security/military/intel social purge executed at the grassroots with the cooperation of local law enforcement.


BAN BY EXECUTIVE ORDER the use of directed energy weapons on American citizens...

...and the warrantless, covert tracking of individuals via GPS devices or cell phones -- the electronic backbone of a nationwide American Gestapo.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 5, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, I am struck by the fact that apparently, adults are idiots. No, really. The level of intelligence/maturity of some of these comments is really not much that higher than the racist and inflammatory comments one finds for youtube videos or 4chan boards. I imagine that the average Washington Post reader is middle-aged, probably white. Please do us all a favor and get off the internet. At least the college-aged bloggers are funny and clever and try to do some research before they post. You guys are just embarrassing yourselves.

Although I do think the white coats thing was a little ridiculous. Many physicians don't wear the lab coats anymore; they don't really help to prevent contamination.

Posted by: megantron | October 5, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is truly amazing.

How in the world did he get all these doctors from all the states to support all of his health reform program?

It's magic !

Wait a minute. 50 doctors? Out of more than 500,000 doctors.

It's smoke and mirrors !

Posted by: chazz60 | October 5, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This is Saturday Night Live, right? No President would be this stupid.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | October 5, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there are no shortage of Marxist doctors, trust me..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Were they hiding the pom poms under their white costumes. I've had a chance to speak to my doctor and my wife's doctor, along with several nurses. They are all against the prez plan. They tell me that only a small percentage of doctors are even members of the AMA because it has been taken over and controlled by liberal special interests. Doesn't the AMA and PHARMA act as a politcal lobbies too? Yes they do. And didn't our prez tells us that he was going to distance himself from the politcal lobbies. Yes he did. Now there's CHANGE you can't believe in. Just "Read his lips."

Posted by: EvreeMan | October 5, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What a cynical manipulation of our profession ! As a doctor, I am strongly offended by this puff piece of PR.

Posted by: dan1138 | October 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

President Obama and his health care plan make me proud to be an American.

Posted by: allamerican2 | October 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"If you're willing to speak out strongly on behalf of the things you care about and what you see each and every day as you're serving patients all across the country, I'm confident we are going to get health reform passed this year," Obama told them.
Oh, great.

"Doctor, I have this pain in my shoulder..."

"I'll have a look at it in a minute. But first, I'd like to to speak out strongly to you on behalf of the things I care about and what I see each and every day as I'm serving patients all across the country..."

"Uh, that's nice, doctor, but I'd really prefer you have a look at my shoulder..."

More from our President:

"...that oath was not to 'become bean counters or paper pushers,' but 'to save lives.' In a reformed health care system, he said, they would have more time to do that."
Oh, really? You mean when the government takes over health care, there's going to be LESS paperwork?

Are you serious? Really, are you freakin' serious? The next time ANY government program reduces paperwork will be the first.

Cripes, every time he opens his mouth about health care, a lie falls out, and every time he closes it, he bites down on another one.

Just a matter of time before someone here calls me a racist.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 5, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Obama Rallies Doctors" is such a dishonest headline as to be ridiculous. He found 100 doctors that are demented enough to support him. Judging from their smarts I would not let any of them treat me for anything--including toenail fungus.

Posted by: Mindboggle | October 5, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Like everything with Obama this is smoke and mirrors. He finds 100 or so doctors that agree with him; he buys all of them white lab coats (is that not funny; had they been farmers he would have bought them overalls); and then he tries to have them representative of doctors. Most medical doctors disagree with his plan; his public option; his lack of guts to reform all aspects of medical care including all of the crooked lawyers that support him. The idea that anyone would take seriously this charade/dog and pony show is mind boggling.

Posted by: Mindboggle | October 5, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This white coat PR BS is so stupid. They look the cast on DR. Kildare.

Posted by: 12oreo | October 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama basically lies again.

Without telling a "lie", he implied doctors support him. We do not. He doesn't have any idea what's happening on a day to day basis.

A joke. At least the title is amusing... as if doctors needed a rally. If you are a doctor, and don't know EXACTLY how you feel about these issues, you're a fool. If you are looking to obama for a rally, you're a fool.

At least he's consistently deceitful.

Posted by: docwhocuts | October 5, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

A young man who served his country in Iraq twice was killed in our community last week. In Iraq he was behind an exploding vehicle in a Mercedes driving journalists receiving major wounds to his legs. He came home seeking help and a job and found neither. He received medical help but his legs were always infected. He lived with us for at least two weeks and we tried to help buying him clothes for interviews. He need psychological help and the VA kept sending letters saying it would be two months, then it was another saying another two weeks. My daughter knew him in high school and she too tried to help driving from one place to another and all refused.
Well, it does not matter now, since he was hit by an 18 wheeler while standing on a corner for the homeless. He is dead and he received little if no help from this wonderful government healthcare for veterans.
So sell your sad massive invasive bureaucratic healthcare entitlement program to some other fool. We watched how effective government run healthcare failed this kid. Our family wants no part of this garbage you are selling.
And let me add one more thing. The AMA represents less than 17 percent of doctors. This President's parading the few doctors he could gather to show up at the White House is the most embarrassing thing I have witnessed. He is shameless.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The election of Obama was tantamount to writing the obituary for a formerly great Nation. Obama repeatedly admitted during the campaign (but now blatantly lies about it) that he supports a single payer system, i.e. Socialized Medicine; and, his "Government Option" is designed to force private insurers out of the market in order to achieve precisely that goal. As Obama said: "I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process..." Barney Frank then unashamedly admitted that Obama's "Public Option" was simply a Trojan Horse for surreptitiously introducing full blown Socialized Medicine. Which raises the question as to whether you can believe anything Obama says! With an overwhelmingly negative public response, the only question now is: In what disguised form will a stealth "public option" emerge? The American people have astutely spoken loud and clear that Socialized Medicine is anathema; but, Obama's Marxist psyche prohibits him from accepting free market reforms which should begin with shutting down illegal immigration and Tort Reform, both of which Obama unconditionally rejects. Obama's ACORN, funded thru Obama with Billions of YOUR tax dollars, is busily registering illegals; and, Trial Lawyers are among his principal campaign contributors. But the most insidious part of Obama's plan is the coming bureaucratic denial of life saving procedures for the elderly. (Does an Obama proposed 500 Billion $ cut in Medicare reimbursements sound any alarms?) As Obama says: "Take an aspirin" and just wait to die. (( Pg 30: SEC. 123. HEALTH BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get. AND, PG 430: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.)) The elderly should revolt over Obama's health care proposals. He learned from his wife Michelle that considerable sums of health care funds could be saved by the practice of "patient dumping" which Michelle employed in Chicago. Facts that are precisely why Health Care legislation, that HAD TO BE DONE BY YESTERDAY, does not take effect until 2013, i.e. AFTER the next presidential election when voters will then be blindsided by a pending disaster. And, just remember that Obama and his Congressional colleagues have EXEMPTED themselves from compliance with their own proposed health care debacle. If left unrestrained, Obama will do irreparable harm to the American economy. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | October 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Are these people really doctors, or is he lying about that, as well?

Posted by: nosam32 | October 5, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

How about the other 83% of the doctors in America who are not members of the AMA, and who do not agree with the prez? The prez lives in a bubble and listens to no opposite opinions. He's the MASTER of HIS thoughts, with blantant disregard for opposing views.

Posted by: EvreeMan | October 5, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama states Doctors and Nurses are for his reform? What a Liar! There is not a truth he will not bend or a lie he will not tell.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | October 5, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

WOW...Obama is making it almost embarrassing to be an American anymore. I would feel more comfortable if the men in the clean white coats were coming to take him away ha Ha !!!

Posted by: livefreeordie2 | October 5, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Since Democrats took over Washington, the health care industry has nearly doubled the share of PAC donations it gives to Democrats. This year, Democrats have received 66% of the donations from health care PACs. Pfizer Inc. has donated 69% of its PAC donations to Democrats this year, up from 31% in 2006. The PACs of other pharmaceutical companies have followed a similar trend.

Spokesmen for the companies say they donate to politicians who support their priorities. Ron Rogers, a spokesman for Merck, said that the company donates more to Democrats now because “there are more Democrats that there used to be.”

So far this year, the Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have received an average of $100,000 each in political donations from the healthcare industry. That’s twice as much as the industry has donated to committee Republicans. Four years ago, when Republicans were in charge, the industry gave twice as much money to Republicans than Democrats.

Wow. Nice White Coat staging. Did Dr. Death Ezekial's Bro in Hollywood send over the props?

Bought and Sold. ObamaCare.

The White House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Government Sachs, Inc.

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | October 5, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I totally concur with teoandchive (poster #1) that there is no reform without a public healthcare option. I also strongly feel that the compensation and benefits for the Health care Insurance Executives is beyond obscene. It is criminal, since many of these executives have blood on their hands by denying health care to insured patients to decrease costs and increase profits. Medicine for profit goes entirely against the oath doctors take. There should be a thorough investigation of these insurance companies paying such compensation and prosecute these executives for gross negligence to murder one.

Posted by: kerryberger | October 5, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Here put on this White coat and try to look like a dcotor, or you won't get that homeloan to stay in your home from the ACORN network with the only leads directly into Obamabanks.

Who doesn't get the extortion going on to fragement a base together???

Posted by: dottydo | October 5, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't Pelosi call this astroturf, because they really appear to be "doctors" recruited from a Craigs List help-wanted add?

Posted by: playfair109 | October 5, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

WHITE COATS???? What a joke!!
Just another example that obama thinks the People are stupid!!
Never heard of this "group" but the AMA, which obama insists on using as supporters, is only 17% of the eligible doctors!!
Apparently his base cannot read!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | October 5, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I would make a comment but it looks like those in the know out number the socialist sheep on this board. So much for the photo op. Looked sort of like a Klan rally without the hoods.

Now thats funny, I don't care who you are.

Posted by: longbow651 | October 5, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Health care reform without a public option is not health care reform. If you require folks to buy it, you better provide them with a real way to afford it. And, I am not just talking about the folks that make $40,000 per year -- the folks that Max and the gang on Finance seem only concerned with.

With an individual mandate (which Obama did not run on -- wisely), you wind up mandating large monthly payments. Without a public option, there are few ways to keep the cost down. And, the public option is not just a small percentage of health reform. It is health reform. We can have insurance reform -- no more rescissions, no more denials of treatment for preexisting conditions, etc. -- but to have actual health care reform, we need an affordable public option.

Posted by: teoandchive | October 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Seniors and military ALL have access to a public option for their health care.
Why not ALL Americans?

Posted by: angie12106 | October 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Problem with all this is there is no money to pay for it. Not sure why Congress is wasting their energy on a bill that won't come about. Maybe if they passed effective tort reform we can start again next year.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 5, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, I can't stop laughing. You gotta be kidding me with this smoke and mirrors stuff.

Posted by: playfair109 | October 5, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

His posturing once again falls flat. Two real world examples:
On Friday at 7:30 a.m. I called in to my doctor's office to get an appointment about an ear problem. I was with my doctor at 3:00 (and only that late b/c I didn't want to miss an entire day of work). Nobody stood in the way between me and my doctor figuring what was wrong and an appropriate course of action.
This morning at 6:40 a.m. my 5 year complained of her private areas hurting (she's prone to yeast infections). By 7:05 a.m. my spouse had lined up an appointment with the pediatrician for 8:50 a.m.
This is how it works for 85% of Americans (and another 10% if they got the coverage they're supposed to). So why are we destroying a system that works / can work for 95% of Americans to "save" the 5%? I'll answer my own question: so Obama can have a legacy and move us that much closer to the welfare state.

Posted by: traderdad37 | October 5, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the old "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on tv..." Kind of like Obama being Presidential.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | October 5, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The Best 10 Minutes You will Spend in Your Life time!

31 years ago… The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Milton Friedman - Socialized Medicine

MEMO for the Democrats in Congress,
You don't even have to be able to read...just listen.

Posted by: ekim53 | October 5, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Fux news is portraying this as a stunt. however, overwhelming numbers -- a study published a week or so ago showed more than 75% -- of doctors support a public option.
Posted by: John1263 | October 5, 2009 12:33 PM


If that isn't the biggest bunch of BS! Nice try lib. Just like medicare/medicaid, or Fannie/Freddie, the costs go up, quality of service goes down, and we will spend more and more and more, and get less services, more less services and more less services. When will you libs get it?! When will the democRATS ever have a solution that doesn't involve more government?

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 5, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse


• Ronald A. Williams, Chair/ CEO, Aetna Inc., $23,045,834; $24.3 million in 2008
• H. Edward Hanway, Chair/ CEO, Cigna Corp, $30.16 million
• David B. Snow, Jr, Chair/ CEO, Medco Health, $21.76 million
• Michael B. MCallister, CEO, Humana Inc, $20.06 million
• Stephen J. Hemsley, CEO, UnitedHealth Group, $13,164,529
• Angela F. Braly, President/ CEO, Wellpoint, $9,094,771; $9.8 million in 2008
• Dale B. Wolf, CEO, Coventry Health Care, $20.86 million
• Jay M. Gellert, President/ CEO, Health Net, $16.65 million
• William C. Van Faasen, Chairman, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, $3 million plus $16.4 million in retirement benefits
• Charlie Baker, President/ CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, $1.5 million
• James Roosevelt, Jr., CEO, Tufts Associated Health Plans, $1.3 million
• Raymond McCaskey, CEO, Health Care Service Corp (Blue Cross Blue Shield), $10.3 million
• Daniel P. McCartney, CEO, Healthcare Services Group, Inc, $ 1,061,513
• Daniel Loepp, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,657,555
• Todd S. Farha, CEO, WellCare Health Plans, $5,270,825
• Michael F. Neidorff, CEO, Centene Corp, $8,750,751
• Daniel Loepp, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,657,555
• Todd S. Farha, CEO, WellCare Health Plans, $5,270,825
• Michael F. Neidorff, CEO, Centene Corp, $8,750,751; $8.8 million in 2008
• James Carlson, AMERIGROUP, $5.3 million in 2008



Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Googled names of doctors interviewed on Fox and CNN. Both surprise surprise are Democrat activists.
John: The AMA represents 16% of doctors in America, within this group support for a public option is about 50-50. Rasmussen poll of all physicians show 2:1 opposition to the public option amongst them. Note Rasmussen provided the closest estimate of the 2008, 06, and 04 election cycles.
Where did you get your 75% figure from?
Worked as a nurse in British Columbia Canada for 8 years after 4 year nursing program. Immigrated to US worked as a nurse here for three years. Now employed in a field related to my business degree.
I found:
Nurse patient ratios better in the US
More access to doctors outside "normal" business hours.
More advanced equipment
Cleaner facilities US hospitals have MORE cleaning staff
Better access to new drugs
Better access to specialists
Better access to care over all, can go to Walmart of all things.
Drugs are more expensive in US, but a wider number are avail.
Premature birth care much better in US hospitals.

Found government will lie time and again about care provided.

US infant mortality is actually lower than Canada's once control for premature birth, multiple births, and thousands of foreign citizens who deal with difficult pregnancies here.

Once controlled for fact US citizens drive twice milage than Japanese, Europeans, and 35% more than Canadians, we have military forces "in harms way" American lifespan is the highest in the world. This number becomes even more evident when figures for ATV recreational motorcycle use is controlled. Americans play harder, take more chances in life, and are policeman for the globe.

37th rated according to UN. Biggest criterion applied by UN? Gap between rich and poor. Second biggest? A "fair" tax system. Third? Public healthcare..

What does that have to do with results? Nothing. When result becomes measurement, American is number 2 or 3 behind two small countries Norway, and Belgium. A difference less than between Oregon and Idaho.

This issue has been muddied by politics. It is hard to cut through the crap, most of which comes from the left..

Posted by: PatrickTKean | October 5, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Too funny-no one's buying his idea, so what does he do, another speech with physicians as props! Can't sell it O!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 5, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

What is not reported here is the troop of MDs in white coats who represented the 17k+ strong Physicians for a National Health Program who were at the Whitehouse gate asking to be included. Some of these physicians were at the recent senate hearings where Baucus sent them to jail for asking to be included in the discussion. Those MDs were then invited back to the house hearings and given a seat at the head of the table and invited to speak first.

Will the Washington Post report on this or simply duplicate other media which refuses to cover this large contingent of MDs who are concerned that the current Obama plan just does not go far enough to meet the stated goals, most notably 'cost cutting'.

Posted by: SPCentral | October 5, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

What kind of cheap, cheesy theatre is this? Obama surrounds himself with Docs in lab coats? Jesus Christ, can it get any worse? Wasn't Copenhagen a learning moment?

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | October 5, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

May all of them give him a prostate exam. Let us know if you find a brain.

Let's see, Obama's Priorities:

1) Olympics contracts for friends
2) Gay EEOC head
3) Gay Personnel Management Head
4) Wrecking healthcare
5) Banker Pay
(285) That war thingy in Af.
(286) Oh, yeah, Iraq
(942) Financial Reform
(2185) Jobs for the Middle Class
(5782) Keeping Pledge on Middle Class Taxes

To Be Continued

Posted by: georgieporgie2 | October 5, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama refuses to listen to the consumer..those of us who pay the premiums!
The doctors have a whole other agenda than the "users" and "payers" of healthcare!
Democrats are holding up health care reform
because they're bent on a public option.
However, most people fail to see how public
option will reduce costs. The CBO says the
public option will increase our taxes.
KISS it (keep it simple, stupid!):
1)allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines to increase "true" competition
2) Use Competitive Bidding process to lower
cost of medical equipment and contracts.
Note: gov't knows Medicare is grossly over-paying for medical equipment and contracts,
but refuses to "reform" this
3)"Standardize the Cost" of doctor visits, hospital visits, surgical procedures, drugs, equipment, etc. so that
the costs are transparent to the consumer
and the insurance companies.
4) Regulate the industry so that consumers aren't penalized for pre-existing conditions;
5) regulate the industry so that any increase of insurance premiums have to be justified before a panel before they're approved. (this is how you identify where costs are increasing.)

Posted by: ohioan | October 5, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

what is the matter with Obama? this is beneath contempt. The doctors and the hospitals are the greedy people causing the collapse in our economy.

but more important they cause needless deaths annually and mybe it is just time to call them out BY NAME.

I don't think the american people with they are "spiffy" after they know how many and the circumstances of deaths of men women and children under their care.

this is disgusting.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | October 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, in contrast, continue to tell Americans that insurance companies are the only people you can trust as to what’s best for your health…

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 5, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Fux news is portraying this as a stunt. however, overwhelming numbers -- a study published a week or so ago showed more than 75% -- of doctors support a public option. Even higher percentages of nurses and other health care professionals. they support it because they have the colsest experience in dealing with both private and public insurance models and know how well the public ones work in comparison to private.

Doctors supprt this because it makes sense to them to do it this way to broaden coverage and cut costs.

Posted by: John1263 | October 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

News manipulation at it's worst. It appears that the Obama administration had the white coats ready and waiting for the doctors. How long is the MSM going to carry water for this administration?

Posted by: HarroldtheCat | October 5, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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