Pro-Life Doctors Group: Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill Hurts Physicians, Patients
by Steven Ertelt
November 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The new health care reform legislation put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not only includes a new program that funds abortions with government money, but would also hurt doctors and patients. That’s the message from a national organization for Christian and pro-life physicians.
The 16,000-member Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based association of physicians, has problems with the 2,000-page healthcare overhaul bill (HR 3962).
The group told LifeNews.com today that the measure far exceeds the need for targeted reforms, instead injecting massive government intervention that threatens the patient-physician relationship.
"This legislation is an overdose. With this massive legislation, we are getting much more than is actually needed to fix our healthcare system," CMA director Dr. David Stevens explained. "What we need is a targeted reformation of areas needing reform, but this legislation is an attempt to totally transform our healthcare system into a government-run system that dictates what healthcare treatment each patient will receive."
"The legislation introduced last week is coming to a vote way too fast. We have one chance to get this right, and leaders in Congress are trying to push a bill through in a few days that will impact one-sixth of our economy," he said.
"The legislation is also ineffective and will increase costs rather than lower costs. It will hurt efficiency and increase bureaucracy. It will interfere with the physician-patient relationship and lead to the delay and denial of healthcare based solely on cost," he continued.
Stevens is also concerned about the sections in the bill that essentially create new programs shelling out government money — in the form of premiums from taxpayers — for abortions.
He told LifeNews.com, "In a radical shift in U.S. policy, under this legislation the government will suddenly be funding abortion on demand. And if abortion advocates prevail, the government ultimately will force health care professionals to participate in abortions."
With the radical changes, the abortion funding and a lack of conscience protection for doctors who don’t want to do abortions or refer for them, Stevens says some physicians could abandon medicine altogether.
"Physicians are so upset about this takeover of healthcare that hundreds of thousands have threatened to leave medicine if it passes," he said.
"Forty-five percent of all physicians polled say they’re ready to leave medicine if healthcare overhaul passes. Ninety-five percent of faith-based healthcare professionals are ready to leave medicine if their conscience rights are weakened," he explained. "The bottom line for patients under this legislation is that they are much more likely to lose their physician."
Stevens and other pro-life advocates are also concerned about the implications for the legislation on assisted suicide.
Though the bills contain apparent exemptions to ensure assisted suicide is not promoted in end-of-life counseling, the laws of Oregon and Washington make it so assisted suicides there are referred to as something else. As such, they won’t be exempted under the Pelosi bill and will be promoted via Medicare with tax dollars.
Related web sites:
Christian Medical Association – https://www.cmda.org
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