Houston Doctors “jammed” a town hall meeting to protest President Obama’s ideas for Health Care reform. See video below.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8th) hosted the meeting at Memorial Hermann Hospital – The Woodlands.
The bottom line is that doctors don’t want socialized medicine — another flawed health care system like Medicare. They don’t believe it will lower the costs or improve quality,” Brady said. “Medicare is already going bankrupt and not quality care. It also shifts medical costs onto other paying customers. It needs to be fixed first.”
“I am very concerned about what this will cost us in terms of dollars,” said Dr. William Parker, the chief medical officer where the meeting was held. “Before this week, they did not tell us any details of the plan. We’ve had too little time to read, digest and discuss something that will be such a major overhaul of the health care system.”
The revenue to pay for it would come from $544 billion over the next decade in income taxes on single people making more than $280,000 annually and couples making more than $350,000 annually; $37 billion in business taxes; $500 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; and sizable penalties paid by individuals and employers who don’t obtain coverage.
About ninety doctors attended The Woodlands meeting.
A week or so ago, Rep. Brady spoke at another Townhall-like meeting at the Texas Medical Center’s Ben Tau Hospital, the largest medical center in the world. Brady say the doctors want to know why there is such a rush, saying they have no idea what is in the bill, and no opportunity for input. Brady asks “why are we not listening to these health care experts?”