Courts Conflict over Obamacare

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Air Date: August 16, 2011

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Tamzin Rossenwasser

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Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser earned her MD from Washington University in St Louis. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Dermatology and has practiced Emergency Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Rosenwasser served as President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) in 2007-2008 and is currently on the Board of Directors. As a life-long dog lover and trainer, she realizes that her dogs have better access to medical care and more medical privacy than she has, and her veterinarians are paid more than physicians in the United States for exactly the same types of surgery.

AAPS was founded in 1943 to guard against the intrusion of government into the practice of medicine. It’s the basic principle of this organization that medicine is a sacred relationship between a physician and a patient—not a relationship between a physician, a government bureaucrat and a patient. They believe in the Hippocratic Oath, and that their duty is to the individual, not the collective society, or the state.

This past Friday, the 11th Circuit of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare”, exceeds the authority of Congress and that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. However, they also feel the rest of the bill could stand on its own.

Are we so far into Obamacare that we can’t turn back? If the rest of the bill is allowed to stand, what kind of impact will this have on the insurance industry? What’s causing the flight of some physicians from the American Medical Association to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons? These and other medical care questions are clarified when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

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