The only people this bill helps is the insurance companies. Rates have gone up just since it was passed.
"Politics interfered with medicine, which shouldn't have happened"
Yeah, and medicare and medicaid reimbursement rates to doctors have nothing to do with politics -- except to serve as the de facto reimbursement rate for the HMO industry. The HMOs and professional physician organizations deploy hundreds of PACmen and millions of PAC dollars to tease the rates one way or the other. And Berman's campaign chest overflows with HMO and professional physician contributions.
The bottom line is that by requiring more Americans to have health insurance, it means that fewer poor patients are going to be paying in cash thereby robing physicians of a lifeline that would avoid having their procedures and bills scrutinized by an HMO.
Why medicare and medicaid are constitutional but extending them to 30 million more people is not is never explained in this poorly written article. I've seen JR do much better on health pieces. This one was not his best work.