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1, Sep 26, 2009

Communication and Another Faux Pas from our President

Filed under: Presidents — admin @ 12:25 am

During the 7/22/2009 news conference, President Obama said,

“And part of what we want to do is to make sure that those [medical] decisions are being made by doctors and medical experts based on evidence, based on what works — because that’s not how it’s working right now. That’s not how it’s working right now. Right now doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if … your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, you know what, I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out… So part of what we want to do is to free doctors, patients, hospitals to make decisions based on what’s best for patient care -…”

I can’t believe our dear president could be so indiscreet. What is wrong with this part?

First of all, this across-the-board characterization of all doctors as being essentially profit-driven is nothing but an unequivocal insult to those conscientious doctors who dedicate themselve to the lives and the benefits of the patients, without placing money-making as their first priority. Obama could easily have avoided this blunder if he used the term like “a tiny percent of our doctors.”

Secondly, if you were a patient, what would you think of your doctor in light of president’s remark “I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out?” Such negative description of medical profession helps instigate an unhealthy distrust between a doctor and his/her patient, leaving doctors vulnerable to criticism, suspicions and even lawsuits.

Thirdly, the medical decision-making process is far more complicated than what Obama light-heartedly described. His ridiculously simplistic picture of this process drastically depreciates an otherwise traditionally honored life-saving and misery-relieving profession.

How would you feel if you were a doctor? God forbid that I am not a medical doctor and I still feel the sting in President’s statement. If anything, instead of creating a large base of support, President Obama is indeed an expert at creating political adversaries. The lack of prudence and good judgment in his communication are getting more and more scary and damaging. A good lesson for us all.

1 Comment »

  1. Obama is known to use ad hominem argument to attack persons when he cannot deal with facts. He cannot deal with criticisms of his health care reform, so he attacks medical doctors’ integrity. Not surprisingly, when White House lose control of the health care debate, they accuse dissenters as “racist.”

    Obama’s logical fallacy and his problem of attacking people show his deficiency in character that is rooted in his up-bringing and political career. Does he really love American people and care about American economy? Or does he care more about gaining power with which to control more of our lives?

    Comment by Xiaoqin — 1, Sep 29, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

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