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How Do Medical Professionals Feel About the Supreme Court's Health Care Decision?


"I want to focus on what is best for my patients and not what a government official deems cost effective."

The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, have voiced their support for the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, but not all doctors, health care professionals and medical companies are in favor for it -- or think they are going to benefit from it.

(Related: See other The Blaze coverage of Obamacare and the Supreme Court ruling)

CBS Local in New York shares one of these dissenting positions:

Dr. Alieta Eck, M.D. is the President of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. She has a practice in Piscataway.

“Doctors are going to be retiring. I’m not sure who’s gonna fill in the gaps,” said Dr. Eck. “There’s just not enough of us to fulfill this infinite demand for medical services.”

Dr. Eck adds that under Obama’s plan, many payouts will go down – and many practices will go under.

“We don’t have to go back to the way it is now,” Dr. Eck said. “It’s actually way too expensive for taxpayers the way it is now, but ‘Obamacare’ will actually be worse.”

Fox News reports Dr. Manny Alvarez saying that the Supreme Court's decision doesn't really affect health care reform as a whole in the first place. He writes that costs for medical treatment will continue to rise and inefficient treatment will result:

Let’s face it – federal health care regulations are like playing in Las Vegas. The house will always win. Most federal surveys about quality and patient satisfaction are designed to think that the patient has a voice in improving quality, but rather the results are calculated to cut costs, always against the back of physicians and hospitals and that will ultimately weaken the system and disenfranchise health care workers.

Kathryn Serkes, chairman of the Doctor Patient Medical Association (DPMA) took a similar stance as Alvarez on this one. In a statement issued to the Sacramento Bee she said, "Doctors on the frontlines clearly understand what Washington does not. Government-mandated 'coverage' is not the same thing as actual medical care."

DPMA goes on to also note that 49 percent of doctors said they would stop accepting Medicaide patients with the passed Affordable Care Act.

"I want to focus on what is best for my patients and not what a government official deems cost effective...I would be willing to do charity care weekly for the poor and underinsured," a family practitioner in Washington state wrote.

Still there are many who are in favor. The AMA has long supported the health care bill and widespread insurance coverage. In a statement about the Supreme Court's decision, the AMA said that the health care reform law that has now been upheld by the high court will simplify administrative burdens, "including streamlining insurance claims, so physicians and their staff can spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork."

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement saying the ruling indicates an investment in "children's health."

“Today is one for the history books,” said AAP President Dr. Robert Block in a statement. “As pediatricians, our number one goal is to keep children healthy, and we can now do so knowing that a landmark law prioritizes children’s health needs and provides them with the access to care, age-appropriate benefits and coverage options they need and deserve.”

As for how the law will affect drug and biotech companies, the Associated Press reported Les Funtleyder, health care fund manager at Poliwogg, a private equity fund for small investors, saying they may receive more business with an increasing customer base in 2014. This is because patients needing the most expensive drugs, for cancer and rare disorders, aren't going without now - generally are getting them through government or industry patient assistance programs.

Medical device makers, on the other hand, will have to start paying a 2.3 percent tax beginning in January on their sales of devices such as pacemakers and CT scan machines imposed under the overhaul law.

One trade group for the industry, the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, said that Congress and the president must repeal the tax, arguing it would make it harder for companies to develop innovative new devices.

"It is clear that this misguided policy has already led to job losses and cuts to research and development," Mark Leahey, the group's president, said in a statement.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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