Who is Dr. Craig Beyer?
Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK eye surgeon, is an innovative physician who at one time thought President Obama might bring some good ideas to the table in D.C. and voted for Mr. Obama in 2008. Then reality set in; Dr. Beyer quickly saw how Obamacare was going to adversely affect his practice and medicine in America more generally. He didn’t make the same mistake in the 2012 election.
When Mr. Obama was first running for office, Dr. Beyer was under the impression that he would reform Medicare physician reimbursement as part of Obamacare, making it fairer to doctors. But instead, Obamacare changed Medicare in ways that allow the federal government and bureaucrats to micromanage doctors even more. For example, as Heritage explains:
Obamacare mandates a 2 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments for doctors that do “not satisfactorily submit data” to Washington officials, and a 1 percent reduction for physicians who fail to follow bureaucrat-defined “cost” metrics.
The text of legislation matters. It sounds like a simple premise – and it is – but all too often lawmakers focus on the bill’s title and stated purpose without bothering to read the legislative text. In fact, a bill’s title frequently leads one to believe the bill is doing the complete opposite of what it will actually do. Remember, the official title of Obamacare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
It happens on big bills and small bills alike. Take the so-called Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act. The Heritage Foundation’s Diane Katz explained the title “masks malignant intentions as benign.”
Katz explained the bill was introduced “on behalf of ophthalmologists” and would “force” optometrists “to disclose in all advertising their licensing status and empower the Federal Trade Commission to police them.”
The battle between ophthalmologists (physicians) and optometrists (medical professionals) has a long history. Katz continued:
If enacted, the law would effectively require a disclaimer by optometrists that they do not hold medical degrees. That’s precisely the point the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is most eager to promote in light of a supposed “epidemic of parallel professionalism.”
Recently, upon entering the Union Station Metro station here in Washington, I noticed a rather surprising ad campaign. In an effort to make school lunches healthier, the ad said: “Let’s move milk out of school lunch.”