I think Obama needs to just lay off the doctors when he is trying to sell his healthcare scheme to the rest of the nation.
Honestly, if you take the partisan blinders off, sometimes it gets downright scary. President Obama suggested in Colorado that "about 100,000 people die every year from preventable diseases and illnesses in hospitals,"and that "50 percent, 75 percent"of these preventable deaths could be eliminated by a doctor's protocol of "washing your hands, a lot of just basic stuff that costs no money." President Obama, are you simply so brilliant that you can save 50,000 to 75,000 lives a year by just telling just telling those stupid doctors to wash their hands and do a lot of just basic stuff like that? -- Actually, the washing your hands protocol was adopted in the mid-1800s when germs were discovered.
I know Obama thinks he is a lot of different things (JFK, FDR, Spock) but he certainly is not a doctor. In a way this is very insulting to doctors for the President to say that "if you folks just washed your hands, 75,000 lives will be saved." It is almost like Obama thinks that doctors are just loading up their hands with germs in order to make more money or something. He already seems to think doctors are lopping off tonsils for cash.
"Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. ... The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out,'"