The AAFP Doubles Down on Obamacare

You got to love them. The AAFP, regardless of what some of their members think (see comments in their link), has doubled down on Obamacare/ACA. They were staunch supporters of this crappy legislation in 2012 and now that it may be struck down, they are digging their feet in once again:

The AAFP is voicing strong disagreement with a Dec. 14 court decision that could cripple the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undo its investments in primary care.

“We support the current law’s provisions that establish 10 essential benefits — such as lab tests, procedures and prescriptions — which all patients need to prevent health problems and to monitor or treat pre-existing health conditions,” President John Cullen, M.D, said.

Sorry, John, the ACA has failed. It has failed patients. It has failed family docs. By the way, DPC docs are able to get lab tests, procedures and prescriptions at no cost or a fraction of the cost proving what you just said is ridiculous.

Where do I pay my dues again? LOL.

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  4 comments for “The AAFP Doubles Down on Obamacare

  1. Jeff
    December 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Since the comments can’t be seen by non-AAFP members, I was left out. Support for this legislation led me to sever ties with AAFP, AMA, and AARP.

  2. Dave
    December 24, 2018 at 6:36 am

    You cant see the comments unless you sign in! They must not want the public to be able to see what the actual docs doing the actual work think…..

    • RSW
      December 24, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Over one hundred comments so far, of which ONE is in support of the AAFP’s position.

      • PW
        December 24, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Yes, and even that person admits the law is flawed. Here are some of the issues brought up by the commenters:
        1. The ACA is a flawed law and has caused as much damage as good. For the AAFP to continue to support it is crazy.
        2. The AAFP has continued to bow to the government’s numerous payment schemes, and EHR fiascos, contributing to the burnout and dissatisfaction of FPs.
        3. The AAFP has taken political stands on issues such as guns, immigration, etc, notwithstanding the fact that frequently at least half if not more of its members have different views.
        4. The AAFP is a physician’s organization and should be looking out for the welfare of family doctors. Without satisfied FPs, patient care will go down the tubes.
        5. Many AAFP members continue to pay dues mainly for the CMEs and CME tracking, not because they feel adequately represented by the AAFP.

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