The Background: In trying to sell ObamaCare at a rally in Portsmouth, NH, President Obama suggested that doctors were cutting off limbs to make thirty fifty thousand dollars, rather than trying to prevent the amputation.
All I'm saying is let's take the example of something like diabetes, one of, uh, a disease that's skyrocketing, partly because of uh obesity, partly because it's not uh treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family...if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they're taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000, immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we're also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.