JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today Dr. Jeff Jacqmein will pack up his bags and go to Washington D.C. to fight the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Dr. Jacqmein has a family practice in Jacksonville, but is part of a national group called Docs 4 Patient Care that wants to change healthcare reform. The organization is holding their annual meeting this weekend and will then meet with legislators to talk about their concerns with the law. He said many doctors and other health professionals have good ideas to share and he wants to make sure they are heard.
"They don't really have a voice right now and I think if we can just hopefully open that dialogue and let people see that there are alternatives other than what's on the floor now," shared Dr. Jacqmein.
Jacqmein said his goal is to protect the doctor-patient relationship. He is worried that the Affordable Care Act will take away patients' options when it comes to what treatment they receive and what insurance policies they can buy.
"I think you'll see over the next 3 to 5 years that the choices are going to be so limited, ... each person is going to be carrying this much coverage rather than what they may need for them," said Jacqmein.
Jacqmein and Docs 4 Patient Care believe that instead of requiring people to buy health coverage, the government should encourage interstate competition for policies, which they conclude will lower prices. However, Obamacare supporters think that healthcare costs will go down when everyone has an insurance policy, because those who are not paying for coverage will no longer be passing the cost of their care to others in the market.
Dr. Jacqmein will return to Jacksonville when the Docs 4 Patient Care meeting wraps up on Tuesday, September 11.
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