Physicians, Administrators React to State of the Union Address

February 13, 2013

President Obama spoke about Medicare reforms during his State of the Union Address last night. What did you think of his comments?

President Obama spoke about Medicare reforms during his State of the Union Address on February 12. Here’s what he said:

“On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.  Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs.  The reforms I’m proposing go even further.  We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.  We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.  And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement.  Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.”

Here is the AMA’s reaction.

In the comments section below, share your reaction and what you think it could mean for doctors.