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Is there a doctor in the (White) House?

October 5, 2009

Doctors do make house calls after all.

OK so it helps if you’re the president of the United States and your house is on Washington postcards.

OBAMA/The White House Rose Garden was a sea of white lab coats as doctors from around the country were the latest audience for President Barack Obama’s pitch on healthcare reform.

“I am thrilled to have all of you here today. And you look very spiffy in your coats,” Obama said.

The current state of play on the legislation is that the Senate Finance Committee will vote on its version on Tuesday, and it is expected to be approved. That bill then gets melded with one passed earlier this year by the Senate Health committee. Then the mixed concoction hits the Senate floor for a vote, expected by mid-October.

The public option is the wild card — whether it gets included and if so in what form.

A New England Journal of Medicine poll last month found that most American doctors favor having both public and private options in healthcare reform.

“Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do,” Obama told the doctors.

Would you listen to your doctor about healthcare reform?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama greets doctors in the Rose Garden)

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From what I saw of the audience of doctors, they all appeared young…perhaps fresh out of med school. What was the demographics of the audience?

Posted by Jason Torgerson | Report as abusive
 

The demographics of the white coats in that staged pic are most assuredly not representative of the medical community.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive
 

This young group represents me, James B. Kenley M.D. age 50 years pluss !

Posted by James Bunting Kenley MD. | Report as abusive
 

Hey Mike, let’s not overlook where those four doctors who stood alongside the President for the official photo-op happen to practice medicine. Let’s see, there was…

* Dr. Hershey Garner (from Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s home state of Arkansas)

* Dr. Mona Mangat (from Sen. Bill Nelson’s home state of Florida)

* Dr. Richard A. Evans (from Sen. Olympia Snowe’s home state of Maine)

* Dr. Amanda McKinney (from Sen. Ben Nelson’s home state of Nebraska).

These four were not just chosen at random. This was in-your-face representation of where the medical community stands.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive
 

It must have been strange these guys getting off the planes in their white coats on getplaning,plus the additional problem getting them caught in the taxi doors.The staged photo shoot fooled know one,it might have been more impressive if he had marched them on the stage with him in Denmark.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

Dont get me wrong but I see 7 to 6 blacks,2-3 spanish, pakistani, arabs, immigrants..etc..might as well bring Oprah Winfrey…

Why dont we fly over some Doctors from China and Russia, maybe some Venezuelans?

You are fooling yourself Obama!
This is a circus show down,laghing stock!

Do you think people are that stupid?

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive
 

Most doctors did not bring their own coats. White House staff passed them out to them. Other question is whether they were acorn plants like at town hall when the woman said she was a doctor and in fact she was not.

Posted by diamond | Report as abusive
 

The generic conservative talking point today has been, “a real cross-section of doctors would not be applauding a government takeover of healthcare.”
Putting aside the tiresome and faulty premise — in reality, reform proposals do not constitute a “government takeover” — conservatives in Congress seem to think they know what physicians want from the health care system.
Perhaps they are out of the medical-community loop — most doctors not only support reform proposals, but also endorse a public option. Every independent study conducted finds over 60% of doctors say they favor giving patients a choice that would include both public and private insurance. An additional 10% want a single-payer system. Taken together, that’s almost 75% in favor of real reform. Perhaps the majority of conservatives are in favor of trusting the insurance industry to solve this problem, but the majority of conservatives are becoming a smaller and smaller minority these days.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive
 

where do you get your statistics from getplaning ,”Variety” or the “International Socialist”i know polls have a tendency to fluctuate but the inflated results you are keep coming with ,with out any doubt you are the Maydof of poll misrepresentation.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

brian, any poll agreggator like Pollingpoint or Pollingplace will give you about 20 polls to choose from. If you have the guts to look anywhere but IBD/TIPP or Rasmussen. Do you?

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive
 

brian lee. Don’t pay attention to getplaning. He is clearly in the minority in this country (he also skews the facts and only tells half the story with anything he says). 85 percent of people with health insurance are very happy with their coverage. 57 percent of Americans do not want anything to do with the health legislation mucking its way through congress. The clear majority do not want what Obama has to offer. In fact, although Americans still like Obama personally, the do not like any of his policies.

Obama is jr. varsity material who (along with the media…) duped people into voting for him. I am certain with what people know about him today he would lose handily if the election were held today.

I just sit back and watch as all I have said and keep saying is coming true day-by-day. The chatter from the far left is amusing.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

Another perpetual whiner who will only quote conservative Rasmussen. Look at the latest headlines, TC. Your side is starting to crack.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive
 

TC, Misinformation is the socialist trade mark,you are right about getplaning .In England there was a socialist ,leader of the most powerful union in the country.He wrote a book on the virtues of socialism.The trade union bragged that their leader was inspirational because the public were flocking to buy his book.This coincided with me having to go to their head office in a northern town called Barnsley to inspect some equipment.In the inspection i had to enter the top floor which was being used for storage,there i found racks of card board boxes filled with thousands of copies of this guys “best seller”.this is typical of socialist misinformation can you see the connection with comrade getplaning?

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

brian lee. Don’t forget he also only quotes the “mainstream”??? media. It is known by all objective researchers and thinkers that the mainstream media has not reported the truth since Obama came on the scene.

As proof, the criminal activity of ACORN was not reported by one any of the mainstream media after the criminal activity was exposed. That in and of itself, is criminal in itself.

getplaning hangs out with that crowd.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

TC in the other posting one clown suggests that the workers that were in the video were republican plants,they twist their minds to believe this stuff.I wonder how geto the “truth seeker”stands on this statement,sorry pal we love you getplaning in spite of this,god bless!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

This is another example of the misrepresentation that we are accustomed to from the democrats TC.This is not a random group of doctors they are liberal activists.They now call themselves “doctors for america”,THEY CHANGED THEIR NAME,during the campaign the called themselves “doctors for Obama”.There is such a naivete about this Whitehouse trying to pull a stunt like this and thinking they could get away with it,it is amazing.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

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