Debating the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

By Heritage Action Sentinel Doctor Larry D. Tice, M.D.

The Affordable Care Act may have increased the number of people with coverage, but cost, access and quality were not met — predictable with its complexity of rules and requirements hampering health care professionals.

As a physician, I see the problems with the numerous regulations and complex mandates that came with Obamacare. A 2016 study by the American Medical Association found that for every hour a doctor spends with a patient, he or she spends two hours doing paperwork, lowering the quality of care and time for patients. While Obamacare isn’t entirely to blame, it’s a significant part of the problem. Moreover, Obamacare empowers the third-party payment system that has undermined the doctor-patient relationship for years.

Coverage does not equal access and government mandates hurt both doctors and patients. Most of us rather like to choose rather than be mandated what we get. Congress needs to immediately repeal Obamacare and then begin patient-centered health care reform.

*Originally published in The Denver Post, click here.

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