Almost half of Americans (47%) say the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a bad idea, according to a fresh Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The three healthcare professionals I spoke with this week believe the law overhauling the nation's healthcare system is a terrible idea.
All the doctors are disappointed with the real Obamacare facts they know to be true...
Dr. Michael Lospinuso of Monmouth County, NJ-based Orthopaedic Spine Institute, told Money Morning the sentiment is "unanimous" among his colleagues.
The chief of spinal surgery at Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care provider in New Jerse's and named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for four consecutive years (2010-2013), the widely accomplished Dr. Lospinuso just returned from Zurich's prestigious Schulthess Clinic, where he was invited to see firsthand how European medicine works.
He likens Obamacare to the two-tier medical insurance system in Europe. The top, or platinum level, is for those who buy private insurance and in return get top-notch care. Meanwhile, the lower level is for those who receive general practice care from the state.
"Those with GP insurance have no choice, they wait, and in the end, they suffer. While they wait, quality of life is reduced and end-of-life choices are greatly limited. That's the road Obamacare is leading us down," Dr. Lospinuso said.
What bothers Dr. Lospinuso so much is that the Obama administration didn't work with doctors in assembling a workable and sustainable healthcare plan. He is also troubled by how Democrats tainted the Republican Party in its fight against the president's signature bill.
"They have done a disservice to the American public and the field of medicine," Dr. Lospinuso said. "It's sad. We already work at a loss, because working to make people well is what we do. That's simply the integrity of our profession. It's in our fabric."
As for all the changes and delays, Dr. Lospinuso said, "The president simply changes the rules whenever he wants to fit his needs and political agenda. He had a great opportunity to do something great for America. However, he blew it."
And here's what really bothers Dr. Lospinuso...