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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  1. Larry

    I saw the interview.

    This doctor wants a health plan similar to what Canada has, what he calls a single player plan.

    July 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Esco

    Oh please...another Rev. Wright speaks out for 5secs of fame. Why don't you explain in detail why it won't work...because the president is not your paitent anymore?

    July 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. A. Goodwin

    The plan could go farther...but, with Republican's and Blue Dems ready to kill any sort of health care change – we can only go so far. Universal health care would be great...and I know many people would support it. The only one's not supporting it are conservative republican's and those with there hands of the pockets of large health care lobbiests.

    July 30, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It would be nice to have a single payer system, but those on the right will go bananas if that ever happened. They will no longer get bribe money and they just can't have that.

    July 30, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Chipster

    Hence the term "former" and the reason he wasn't elected as a write in candidate for President.

    July 30, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Come on, Ac osta - you know people dont read the whole article.

    The next paragraph (not shown on he ticker is:

    "If I had to say the single one thing which is the worst part of it, is that private insurers continue to be a part of the health scheme," he said. "Everybody keeps saying we don't want the government getting involved in health care. [But] the government is involved in Medicare, and it works."

    July 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Bob in Pa

    What I want to know is how BO plans to manipulte doctors pay and award based on merit and quality of care. What guidelines do you use for that ? I suppose we will all be requested to fill out QA Surveys after each doctors visit ?

    July 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Andy in Indianapolis

    This headline is misleading. It makes it sound as though Obama's former doctor is against healthcare reform, when he clearly believes aggressive reform is needed.

    July 30, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    This is the story that's been missed by the media. When you see those polls where the president's health care plan or the president's popularity is slipping, it means the people wanted something better than what we're being given. The media assume it's because we're getting more conservative, when in fact, many of us (like this doctor) think we've been sold out. Congress, in the pockets of Big Med, has squashed meaningful health care reform.

    We want single payer health care, like the military and the rest of the civilized world.

    July 30, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Kevin B

    Dr Scheiner is right as long as the insurance companys are in the drivers seat, average Americans will always come up short. The patients best interest are always secondary to insurance companies who are in the business for profit, pure and simple.

    It is a shame that most americans can not see the obvious and are being led by fear from the insurance lobby into allowing the insurance companies to continue to ruin the nations health care for profit as well as jeopardizing the nations long term fiscal health.

    How stupid are we????

    July 30, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I don't care what doctors, health insurance, and the Repubicans have to say about Health Care Reform becasue they have to much stake in it. You have to start some where Dr. Scheiner.

    July 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Shawn - GA

    I do not care what side of the issue you are on... that is just funny stuff right there.

    July 30, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. howie

    Smart man, needs to tell Obama to leave it alone.

    July 30, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Dorothy Shiloh

    Someone has to make a snive remark about most everything Oboma does, if it works don't fix it OK.

    July 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Alan

    When I saw the headline, I thought this was a silly topic – and still do. He is a doctor, not a public policy expert.

    That said, I happen to agree with his view. However, I also agree with Obama that you have to compromise – and can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    July 30, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Sam Sixpack

    Big insurance companies will insure healthy people until they become seriously ill and then dump them on the public option. Big insurance will rake in trillions in profits while we pay for actual healthcare through our soon-to-be sky-high taxes. As long as any private insurance company remains involved, this plan is a scam.

    Who voted for these crooks?

    July 30, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Scheiner will finally get a chance to have his say Friday. He and other doctors who support a single-payer system are gathering in Washington to meet with lawmakers and rally supporters.
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    This is the only reason why is doesn't like Presdient Obama plan becasue he wants to promote his own. Like I say earliers, I could care less what he are the Repbulicans have to say becasue they are the ones that have a bigger stake and see this Reform as a threat.

    July 30, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. John, NC

    The whole country should know exactly what is in the reform and what is not in it before it is voted on. Obama would like to push it through without the people knowing what is in it. The voters should grill their legislators to make sure they understand it and it is what the people want. Something that important should not be rammed through for the sake of political ambitions and self-imposed deadlines..

    July 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    I agree with the doctor. The plan that is coming out is useless. They might as well do nothing. Another victory for the Republicans and their rich friends! If it is not single payer it is not really a change.

    July 30, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. vince

    I think the doctor is right.

    But Obama has to deal with political reality. A single payer system will never be passed by Congress. Heck, just getting the option of a government insurance plan is almost politically impossible.

    The best we can get now is what's being proposed, Private insurance kept in place, with a government option to compete.

    July 30, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Republicans Suck

    Of course he does, he's "in the business"... let's talk about keeping health care cost down and making it more affordable for everyone.

    July 30, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. montag24

    We must have a single-payer health care system in this country. Any other plan is just another money grab for the insurance industry and Big Pharma.

    End the pay-or-die system now!

    July 30, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Some republican guy

    I saw on Fox news how the narcisstic obamabots are makeing it mandatory that everyone over the age of 65 will be kiled by a gunshot to the head to save costs if this plan passes. Be afraid of there socialist agendas. Have a nice day!

    July 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Librarian

    Of course single-payer system is the answer. I was born in France and guess what ? IT WORKS !

    July 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Four and The Door

    Of course Dr. Sheiner likes a single-payer system. No competition and he's on the payee side mostly. I wish my customers had no competition and could pay me whatever I want to charge them and then all of my suppliers had perfect competion so that I could work them against one another and get great prices!

    Bottom line...competition is good when you are the one having to pay the companies competing. That would be us, the health care consumers.

    July 30, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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