WASHINGTON — Dr. Roger Marshall was delivering babies in December. By January, he found himself across a breakfast table from Tom Price, offering emotional support to the Georgia congressman as he endured a contentious confirmation process to become the top health official in the new Trump administration.

Marshall, a few months ago just another doctor from Kansas, is now Congressman Roger Marshall.

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  • Few points from this story, mindful that the story is NOT written in accordance with the chronological order of the author’s time spent with Doc Marshall.

    1. Doc Marshall likes the Same Ole’ Same Ole’ and private clubs, the latter of which don’t tend to feature a lot of Medicaid recipients:

    “It helps to have some familiar routines. Once a week, Marshall and a group of other health care professionals gather for breakfast at a private club a few steps from the US Capitol.”

    2. From his membership in a private D.C. Club, Doc Marshall says he knows Jesus.

    “Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’” he said. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”

    Funny. Don’t recall Jesus spendin’ much time in private clubs in the Old or New testaments. Must’ve missed that part.

    3. And the private D.C. Club membership has given Doc Marshall some unique insight into Americans on Medicaid.

    “Just, like, homeless people. … I think just morally, spiritually, socially, [some people] just don’t want health care,” he said. “The Medicaid population, which is [on] a free credit card, as a group, do probably the least preventive medicine and taking care of themselves and eating healthy and exercising. And I’m not judging, I’m just saying socially that’s where they are. So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.”

    4. Doc Marshall’s own Health Biz, by his own admission, seems to mix the theories and views of Hahvud Biz and the Michelin Red Guide.

    “The congressman describes his own practice as a first-class experience, one that he hopes to emulate nationwide. But the Affordable Care Act, he said, has made nurses and doctors at the hospital less efficient in their work and forced them to devote much of their time to data entry.

    “ ‘Our vision was that we would look more like a hotel with customer service that delivered five-star health care,’ he said. ‘So our cafeteria looks more like a coffee shop than it does a sterile hospital dining room. We have bright windows everywhere, and outside of every window there’s a garden. Thinking that healing is more than just a knife and a needle.”

    5. Lastly, someone in the media biz, D.C. or Kansas divisions (Note: Duh Topeka Capitol Journal is silent on this Marshall-Stat story and Duh Wichita Eagle gave it one whole paragraph) needs to ask Doc Marshall a question about medicine:

    Does Doc Marshall believe Hippocrates was a Commie? Or just an enemy of the deregulated, free-market, entrepreneurial job creator?

  • We need to get back to medical care being a service and not a business only looking to make $ for shareholders! These people have no empathy or compassion. Medicare for ALL!

  • Another privileged white guy who knows nothing about the working claas or the poor. Heartless and inhumane. Classicism at it’s worse. The costs sky-rocketed because there was no public option to drive costs down. I’m ashamed that this country is one of very few modern counties without health care for all. It’s shameful and so is Marshall. Shame on you and your kind.

  • Marshall lumps my hard working parents, whose Medicare is supplemented with Medicaid, in with those imaginary people who “don’t want” health care.
    If they are affected in any negative way by what the soulless Republican monsters in Congress are proposing, Marshall will be one of the first that I visit. He will need intensive hospitalization after my visit.

  • It’s pretty laughable to hear Congressman Marshall’s rubbish about how government involvement in health care make prices go up, when every other first-world country has some form of government health-care and all of them have much lower prices than the U.S. “free-market” system does. While I have been insured through my employers continuously since the late 1970s, I do no “preventative medicine” at all, because I avoid American doctors as much as possible. It annoys me being forced to to be a client of the worst health-care system, in terms of cost-efficiency, in the entire world. Being a customer of the health care industry in the U.S.A. is like being a customer of the automobile industry in the Soviet Union – second rate quality at half again more than a first-rate price.

  • I strongly encourage the commenters below to read the book, “America’s Bitter Pill” by Yale Journalism professor, Stephen Brill. Learn how big insurance, big pharma, and big conglomerate hospital lobby defined the ACA and aided it’s passage. Why do you think it’s passage was so secret? Stop thinking about the legacy of one man, former President Obama, and start thinking about the future of healthcare for you, your children and grandchildren.

    • Sorry, Dr. Mass. Dr. Marshall said what he said, and it’s not surprising that some people who have not had bona fide access to non-emergency health care, on an urgent let alone a preventive basis, still resort to what access they had. Even allowing for the fact that, like every other member of the Party of the Antichrist in Congress, Dr. Marshall claims to be a “Christian,” his assertion that people historically deprived of access to health care want to have their children suffer is grotesque.

    • Dear Ed A, partisanship is the antichrist. Let go of the letters behind the names and seek solutions.
      best, MM

    • Most with Medicaid still do not have reliable access to care. If every doctor got paid roughly the same for medicaid patients as they do for private pay patients, the access to care would improve. We have “medical deserts” in the low income urban and rural areas of the country. Most of these areas have few options for high quality medical homes. FQHC, hospital based safety net, teaching institutions and free clinics don’t even come close to fulfilling the vast need that is out there. Our current medical system caters to the patients who have higher reimbursement rates. We have a very backward manner in delivering care to those who could use it the most.

  • Interesting puffpiece that apparently Dr./Cong. Marshall wrote.

    I suspect that taking into consideration income differences, which can make a major difference in realistically available options, decisions as to lifestyle options probably don’t differ that much between Kansans of different income levels.

    Does Cong. Dr. Marshall have any –credible– reasons for believing that people without cash actually prefer being sick and having their children be sick?

    With so many Repuglican doctors in Congress, why is it that after eight years, no Repuglican plan has been put forth to replace the Heritage Foundation plan that has evolved into Obamacare/the Affordable Care plan? Over 50 votes to “repeal and replace? and not a single offer of a replacement. As far as I know, only Cong Price made serious proposals — which went nowhere in the Repuglican-controlled House.

  • Marshal is clueless. He is sans clue. “I’m not judging,” he says after making a million generalities about people’s poor health care decisions, which ironically are a result of poor education and poor health care promoted by elitist republicans for decades. It’s called “learned helplessness,” Mr. Marshal. People have been without options for so many years that they still think that the Emergency room is the only answer.

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