July 30th, 2009
11:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama's former doctor critical of White House health care plan


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama talks often about all of the forces lining up against his health care plan. But there's one critic who has remained relatively mum in the debate.

David Scheiner, a Chicago, Illinois-based doctor, has taken a hard look at the president's prescription for health care reform and sees bad medicine.

"This isn't that kind of health care plan that's going to work," he said.

So what makes Scheiner so special? He was Obama's personal physician for 22 years, and voted for the former Illinois senator in the 2008 presidential election.

Scheiner thinks the president's plan doesn't go far enough.

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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. walleye

    Its OK to disagree with a plan, but offer suggestions that would make it better. Dont just be critical.

    July 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Richie

    Everyone who is sick or realizes they may someday be sick wants a single payer system. Insurance companies could still be free to charge rich folks lots of dough to cover stuff the basic system does not. But, that's not good enough for them, so they're spending $1.4 million a day (of their insureds premiums) to "lobby" (I call it bribe) Congress. It's revolting.

    July 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    One of the biggest problems with having health coverage through private insurance companies is that they will only pay out a maximum amount, and if you happen to get one of those conditions that will wipe out a two million or five million dollar max, then you are big trouble if you are outliving your insurance. Also there is not a health plan in the country that covers hearing loss (one of the five senses), does not pay out much on vision or dental either.

    July 30, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Ruty

    This country does not want what Canada and England has. I lived in England and have seen first hand what a lousy plan it is. I have relatives in Canada who don't like it. My grandfather waited 3 weeks to get an operation. His condition was life threatening. You people do not know what you are wishing for.

    July 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. RH

    Of course it's not going to work. So long as healthcare is a for-profit industry, everybody gets screwed except the insurers.

    Lobbying is legal corruption. No more special interest money in politics!!!

    July 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. gina

    We take control of our health- self Doctor f I am doing this for five year now.Eat organic & do my yoga .

    I have good Health insurance just incase is low cost because we perfect Health.

    For 4 people We only payd $350 month.

    If we see Dr we see MD,DO , ND and HD natural hygiene Doctor that practice Holistic Health.

    July 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Baze

    I just hope this plan for "affordability" doesn't create an hourglass effect where the better health care skyrockets out of range for the greater majority of Americans, and all the rest of us get dumped in an socio-economic mixing pot of mediocare coverage.

    July 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. southerncousin

    The majority of the country (that is over 50% in Obamaland) and more than that of those who actually work and pay taxes are very opposed to the Obama Health Reform (or whatever the DNC wordsmiths have decided to call it now). Why is it still alive and why are CNN and MSNBC ignoring the people who are against it? They ignored and defame the TEA parties too. Call Obama and the obamatrons what they really are and stop being the state sponsored media.

    July 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Everyday people will always pay $11,000.00 out of their own pocket if they break their leg...in the United States of America.

    It doesn't matter who is in office; because they're covered regardless.

    July 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. shucks

    I wonder who went after this man to get the negative about health care reform? I would bet it was? A REPUBLICAN!!!!!

    July 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Kevin B

    All of the GOP/blue dog's on this blog who continue to parrot the insurance lobby talking points and scare tactics, will be the same folks who will be denied coverage by the insurance companies you defend.

    How stupid are you ???????????

    July 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. BJC

    NO, NO, NO Government Run Health Plan!
    YES, YES, YES to Co-Op.

    July 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Pete

    It's amazing how few commenters actually read the whole story.

    I agree with the Doctor. We need a single payer system. Profit should not be part of the health care equation. For those who worry about "socialism"—would you eliminate other government funded things such as police, fire, highways, the military, medicaid, weather service—and on and on? I, for one, would rather have my doctor making my health care decisions and a government employee putting through the paperwork to pay him, rather than the blood-sucking insurance companies deciding my fate. Why do conservatives trust these people?

    July 30, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Asian4Hillary

    We need serious TORT REFORM in this country, we must cap jury award for malpractice lawsuits. We don't need socialize medicine in this county, what we need isTort Reform, but to impliment serious Tort Reform would definitely be opposed by trial lawyers especially ambulance chasers like Senator John Edwards who made his millions suing doctors for malpractice. Impliment serious tort reform, we'll see sharp decrease in medical insurance premium, healthcare would be affordable to everyone. The reason medical is expensive in this country because people in Congress DESIGNED it that way; this is a game for them at the expense of the American people.

    July 30, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Reese

    Dr. Scheiner according to Obama you guys make too much money. Maybe he can get treated by a Dr. that is paid like a mechanic.

    July 30, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Asian4Hillary

    Guess who is in the pocket of insurance group and trial lawyers, the Democratic Party.

    July 30, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Eugene

    A more appropriate headline if you truly want to inform could be: Obama's doctor favors single-payer plan. So far the scare tactics are coming from the insurance companies and their friends who wish to succeed and Obama and reformers to fail. How about keeping focus on the issues not personalities. The public option absolutely must be in the package or the bill should be scrapped and a better one take its place.

    July 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Dave in Illinois

    Doctor Steiner's comments were also reported in Forbes and it's interesting to compare what CNN choose to report to that article.

    Dr. Steiner appears to be a liberal who thinks Medicare is great even though it is going broke. He thinks neurosurgeons are overpaid but that general practioners like himself should be paid more, kind of a tax the wealthy viewpoint. He also scapegoats the insurance companies as cause of the problems. His heart maybe in the right place as he endorses universal coverage, but like most people he glosses over the reality of how that could be paid for.

    July 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Miffed

    To even suggest that we should have a plan similar to Canada, England or any of the socialistic plans is ludicrous. Where will the Canadians go when they need health care in a timely manner?

    July 30, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Lori in St Pete

    A word to the wise for some posters here; READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE PRIOR TO POSTING!!!!!! The doctor is AGAINST the President's plan BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH! He would like to see a single-payer system like Canada. That being said, many of us who voted for President Obama disapprove of the way he's handling things because we feel he's far to acquiescent to the opposition. However, we'll vote for him again in 2012 because he'll be by far the lesser of two evils.

    Had the opposition been the victor, this country would be in far worse shape as we'd be at war with three additional nations, unemployment rates would be double their current numbers, and the blue dog dems would be handing the victor the keys to the strongbox.

    July 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Me in Big D

    If all you liberals would do your homework and find out that Rahm's brother is a doctor and is chummy with Michael Moore, among others and Obama is fashioning his Obamacare by Moore and Rahm's extreme left doctor brother, you won't think his Obamacare is so great. Granted, health care is a problem for some but 80% of the American people happen to like the health care they are receiving now! Not everyone sits on his/her tush and begs!

    July 30, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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