Critics assail pill bill mill as stealth 'Obamacare'

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Conservative critics contend that a bill the Florida House passed to crack down on so-called pill mills is really just a means of sneaking ?bamacare?into the state laws.

…some conservatives think the bill is just scapegoating doctors and would hinder physicians?ability to treat their patients directly, without state interference. The critics say it would impose constraints envisioned in the Obama healthcare law.

Essentially, they maintain that it puts government between doctor and patient — a frequent complaint about the new national healthcare law — limiting a physician’s ability to use their best judgment in tailoring care for individual patients.

?he conservative lawmakers leading this charge are reaching into an Obamacare-esque bag of tricks that abandons conservative free-market principles and threatens to increase the role of government in the doctor/patient relationship,?according to an internal memo that critics of the plan are circulating.

These critics point to a similar effort in California that put heavy restrictions on physician-dispensed medications. In 2004, California passed sweeping workers?compensation reforms that generally limited access to medical care.

One study by the California Workers Compensation Institute shows that after an initial drop in rates, the reforms backfired and rates shot up to levels higher than they were when the reforms were passed.

Now, the Florida Legislature is considering a workers’ compensation plan (SB 2132) similar to one that seemed to contribute to disastrous, costly unintended results in “The Golden State.”

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