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Team Obama Now Snooping on Doctors

If the Obama administration is so concerned about a shortage of primary care physicians once ObamaCare kicks in, they have a strange way of going about finding a remedy. One would think the logical way to go about this would be to recruit doctors and medical students so there’s isn’t a shortage. But no, can’t do that. Instead they’re setting up sting-like operations to start spying on doctors and using so-called “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients.

Why don’t they just hold guns to the head of doctors and tell them what to do? Why not just put them all on the government payroll and tell them how much money they’ll be making?

Give it time, that’ll happen eventually.

Once the fecal matter hits the rotary oscillator today with this news, they’ll be walking this back as fast as they can. But the truth is out there: They don’t trust doctors and will use government power to lean on them.

Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

The administration says the survey will address a “critical public policy problem”: the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.

When they foisted this abomination upon America with shady backroom deals they claimed there would be no shortage of doctors. Before the scheme is even implemented they’re already concerned about a shortage.

Good thing they had to pass legislation before we could find out what in it.

Plans for the survey have riled many doctors because the secret shoppers will not identify themselves as working for the government.

“I don’t like the idea of the government snooping,” said Dr. Raymond Scalettar, an internist in Washington. “It’s a pernicious practice — Big Brother tactics, which should be opposed.”

Other physicians are equally perturbed, and who can blame them?

Dr. George J. Petruncio, a family doctor in Turnersville, N.J., said: “This is not a way to build trust in government. Why should I trust someone who does not correctly identify himself?”

Dr. Stephen C. Albrecht, a family doctor in Olympia, Wash., said: “If federal officials are worried about access to care, they could help us. They don’t have to spy on us.”

Dr. Robert L. Hogue, a family physician in Brownwood, Tex., asked: “Is this a good use of tax money? Probably not. Everybody with a brain knows we do not have enough doctors.”

So what do these mealy-mouthed cretins do when called on it? They blame Bush, of course.

Federal officials said the initial survey would cost $347,370. Dr. Hogue said the money could be better spent on the training or reimbursement of primary care doctors. The White House defended the survey, saying a similar technique had been used on a smaller scale in President George W. Bush’s administration.

Naturally, they provide no evidence to support such a specious claim.

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