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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on Republicans’ new health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. On Thursday, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle hosted a panel discussion with five Trump-supporting doctors from around the country.

Ruhle began with a softball: “Who here thinks Obamacare made health care better for patients?”

Predictably, no one did. But her line of questioning would grow considerably more aggressive.

“If you were to sit down with Mitch McConnell and say, Leader McConnell, here is what you need to do to get this thing through, speaking as a doctor, what would you tell him right now?” she continued.

Alieta Eck, a New Jersey internist, offered this head-scratcher: “How about letting other groups form, not just employer-based. So, if a group like the NRA or, I don’t know, some other group… a township—”

“Let’s have the NRA create health care,” Ruhle cut in. “I’m gonna go with no.”

But Eck wouldn’t let it go.

“How about a township?” she pressed. “You buy into your township plan and then you’d have 50,000 people that are all buying into the same health care plan, or any kind of group of people — churches — let them form a health plan.”

Eck is also a columnist who believes “we need doctors who are out of control” according to a critque of Obamacare she authored in January 2014.


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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2 responses to “GOP Doctors Unable To Answer Simple Trumpcare Question”

  1. Is it me, or is it that many professionals in America are beginning to define themselves according to political affiliation first?? That their profession must be guided by political considerations first and foremost, and that a friendly perfunctory nod need only be given to the underlying purpose of their profession.

    Such seems to be the conundrum that Dr. Eck is caught up in—she has trouble distinguishing between being a provider of medical care regardless of the insurance/money aspect, or whether to let her conservative political views be her guiding light in life; whether to be a doctor, or run for political office again after previous failures—take a look at the link.

    Such is the daily manifestations of the rotting of society from top to bottom by partisan political considerations.

  2. Da FrogMeister says:

    These “Doctors” need to go back to when they were going to school and remember one of the first rules that they were taught, which is “First, do no harm”. By becoming politicized, they are ignoring that rule for the greater good of their pockets. I can give a good example, as I was a Navy medic attached to a marine unit in Vietnam. I would treat whoever was wounded, and it didn’t matter if they were black, white, yellow or green with purple splotches. I got used to being ridiculed or stared at when I would treat one of the Vietnamese, but there were times that it paid off in gaining intell to avoid problems down the road. Doctors need to quit being political and start looking after their patients. They can spout their opinions all they want, but first, take care of those who look to you for help.

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