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. Asian4Hillary

    Kill HR3200. You need to hire team of lawyers to read it, understand it and explain it to you. Bills should be SHORT and EASY to read and understand. All kinds of jargon in that bill even people in Congress don't understand what's in it. If Congress is serious about Healthcare reform, why they did not use HEALTHY AMERICANS ACT sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. It is favored by CBO and savings of over 1$ Trillion. If one payer system of Canada is good, another word for RATIONED HEALTHCARE, why is it Canadians with means ALWAYS cross the border and seek medical treatment in USA?

    July 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. ran

    What is needed is a single payer non profit system.

    Our health should not be for profit. No multimillion $ salaries/bonuses for executives or dividends for shareholders.

    People demand a single payer non-profit system.

    July 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Suzan

    It is all the negative talk about the Presidents Health Plan that is causing the people to be confused......sure the Dr. doesn't want this most Dr's don't........would you want to be making a ton of money and now they might have to make some sacrifices and not make the money that they are used too.......so sure they are against it.......

    July 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Frances

    No wonder, this doctor is a high-cost physiscian and trying to keep the millions of bucks coming his way.

    July 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. JW

    How much is this doctor getting just for a patient to come in with a common cold or flu? Remember these doctors and charge you just for showing up with little health care needs. There need to be a system in place were doctor's can't charge for not showing up or making you pay more for being late. Remember that we are paying their salar and also the government at some point. So if his doctor is saying no, this is because he can benefit from having more patients that can afford him or the government is paying the bill. We need to be sensible and think that those who oppose have a lot to lose than those who want this reform to pass. I think some doctors and insurance companies are charging to much for less service.

    July 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Of course he is, why would he want the millions of $$$ coming his way to stop now? Wise up people.

    July 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Steve in CT

    Would you just buy into something that could bankrupt you and/or prevent your family proper medical care? Whst's the rush if this isn't a shell game?

    July 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Dave

    Why is it that the folks who want a single payer "universal" system do not try and explain how our country can pay for it? Again over 85% of ALL Americans (except illegals) currently have Health Insurance and over 80% of those like what they have.

    Fix what is broken about our Helath Care
    1) Insurance companies can not drop folks for pre-existing conditions nor can they not accept new folks with pre-existing conditions. This WILL raise everyone's Health Insurance cost including mine and I believe everyone will embrace this. This will not cost the Government one penny.
    2) Lower cost by tough tort reform – why isn't anyone in Congress doing something about this? Oh yeah, lawyers contributions to the Dem's won't allow this. This will not cost the Government one penny.
    3) Tax all Health Care benefits (and I mean ALL) and use those proceeds to provide assistance to those who can't afford Health Insurance.

    July 30, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Melissa

    I agree it doesn't go far enough. We need National Health Care, not "kissing the butt of the insurance companies" health care.

    July 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Can't wait for the backlash against this doctor! One would figure since he is a doctor, he would know what he is talking about, but since he is on the side opposite the President, the hatred will soon commence!

    July 30, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Barry NiFong, Hawaii

    I'm for healthcare reform, but WHY WON'T OBAMA TELL US THE DETAILS BEFORE HE TRIES TO RUSH IT THRU LIKE EVERY OTHER BIG BILL?

    July 30, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Dave, how about you go study Canada's health care and find out how THEY pay for it. If every other first world country in the world can do it, the US can do it too.

    July 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Per CNN standards, another misleading headline. The doctor is for health reform, yet the headline makes it seem as if he is against it.
    This has become a troubling theme with CNN and most of the MSM news cycles lately.

    Polls with loaded, one sided questions; retractions from one article to another; nonsensical articles such as the beer article.

    Sadly, it has become more and more evident what level of intelligence MSM directly attributes to it's viewers.

    July 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. sammieb51

    And what is his recommendation?

    July 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. another point

    We wouldn't even need to nationalize if we were to just correct what we have now. Eliminate the greed factor as is being worked on with the financial industry. Doing the same and policing it isn't that different for the insurance and medical industry.

    July 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Lynne

    Really, is it too much to ask people to read the article before they respond??

    July 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. T

    First it was the single payer system however the was shot down.

    July 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Billy J in Texas

    I am so disappointed that it looks like the blue dogs and the ultra libs are going to take their balls and go home. No real reform, and definitely no national health care option like every other decent industrialized nation has. The insurance companies and bankers have won the superbowl for the upteenth time. I am starting to think that the game is rigged and even these democrats are being paid off somehow. What a shame for this country.

    July 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Kyle

    As far as medical costs are concerned, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!! Today it's the poor who can't afford the high costs and insurance. Tomorrow it will be the rest of us. It's just a matter of time when NO ONE can afford treatment.

    July 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. kishen c.rao

    I don't care what this dude says...we need to pass this health care reform...doesn't this dude know that doctors, hospitals, pharmacy companies and insurance groups are robbing the nation and esply poor man??? this dude is not a standard one in here....this dude is just like another Eric Cantor....isn't he????? of course!!!!

    July 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. AMY

    I have insurance, but after I pay the deductible I still can't afford the 20% left to pay. Bankrupt. seems to be my only option.

    July 30, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Good Plan!

    Funny! If it is so good, why doesn't the congress and president sign them selves up for the same plan? Just asking.

    I am sure CNN won't post this. I am on the bad list.

    July 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. nom deplume, esq.

    An IRS audit/colonoscopy isn't subtle enough, so I think the doctor is going to meet with an unfortunate accident soon. Or the state board will suddenly and unexpectedly call him up for some sort of disciplinary action.

    July 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Billy J in Texas

    Is there ANYTHING that shouldn't be for profit in this country. And if there is ... isn't it your health?

    July 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. TJ

    This was the plan at first for our President but it got shot down, it will
    never pass. We need Health Care Reform. I am sick of these companies lining their pockets. At this time this is the best they can
    do . But i agree we do need a single payer system and let the Insurance companies sweat. Because its all about the money not the
    people. And we the people need to shut it DOWN.
    HEALTH CARE REFORM

    July 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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