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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  • From Congressman Marshall’s comments, its doubtful if he has ever come into contact with a poor person. I have worked with low income residents for over 35 years and tired of disparaging remarks made by Republican lawmakers concerning the poor. The stereotypes Republican lawmakers are portraying the poor, who receive government benefits, as freeloaders, lazy and mismanagement of priorities tells me they know very little about the poor people in their districts. These comments filter down to their Republican constituents who believe comments of the Congressional members. Once the disparaging remarks leave their tongues, they can’t be taken back.

  • Congressman Marshall, I’m poor very poor but I am always concerned about my health. U must be some kind of stupid to make such an idotic statement.

  • I think this guy needs to get out of politics and healthcare he is not worthy yes the poor will always be with us but being one of those poor I have worked all my life. I provided health insurance thru work for 27 years till all my jobs got shipped overseas by President Bill Clinton. Thank you very much. Then I was told when Obamacare came out I didn’t make enough to qualify so I had to pay out of pocket for years. Now I have to pay out the WAZOO for Medicare and Health Insurance that we can’t afford we paid out $5000 in medicine doctor bills and insurance premiums not counting our life insurance so don’t tell me we don’t want insurance you do not have a CLUE!

  • The Repubs are filled with hypocrites. He talks about a health plan crafted around a specific group, yet failed to mention the unique & first rate health plan that Congress crafted for themselves… at taxpayers expensive.

  • Dr. Marshall has no experience in health care as a system and he is ignorant about the great benefits of ObamaCare. He seems to be another self-righteous conservative. Being a physician provides him little to no knowledge about health care financing or delivery. Health care does not respond to traditional market forces. He wants to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with “Don’t Care.”

  • I found it really interesting he said the group of doctors he regularly meets with are his “brothers”. No sisters, huh?

  • For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

    He forgot that last part – he’s the kind of doctor that got into medicine for the BMW – he’s the worst kind of human being.

    Single payer would be good for business, the country, and most of all the people. Only Insurance companies would suffer – and they certainly deserve to.

    • If Republicans want to keep quoting the bible here’s another one:
      Matthew 25:34-40English Standard Version (ESV)

      34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

    • Even more relevantly is the section that follows, which strangely relatively few people are aware of:

      41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

      44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

      45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

      46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

      Each and every elected official of the Party of the Anti-Christ at the national level, and many at the state level, has condemned himself/herself over and over again, dozens of times, to burn in hell until the end of time and beyond.

    • So much of the Gospel is about lifting up the oppressed. It has become a ploy of politicians to do the “scripture phrase drop” and justify some rather un Gospel views. Thank you for pointing that out.

  • The truth is sometimes hard to hear and accept. Congressman Marshall’s ascertion that certain segments of society do not want healthcare or happen to utilize healthcare differently than expected are truthful. I strongly support the ascertion that any repeal and replacement of national healthcare policies should not be established around any one segment of US society.

  • Dr Marshal,

    As a fellow practicing physician, I certainly understand your concern for the bureaucratic burdens of a government run health care system as well as the current rising administrative complexities that are eroding the patient doctor relationship.

    However, many other nations have simplified the delivery of care and retained free market elements, all the while guaranteeing healthcare for all of its citizens. Unfortunately in our country many of the impoverished as well as the working poor have little access to timely low cost preventative care. The ER becomes their main method of acute and chronic disease management. After all, unless you close the emergency departments, people will seek care when they or their loved ones become sick. Perceived illness does not follow the laws of supply and demand. People need access to care regardless of age, income, employment status or disability.

    As a family physician, I provide high touch, low tech care that helps treat most forms of mental health problems, preventative care and timely chronic disease management to people of all ages, at a comparatively low price. As you may know, we are a shrinking percentage of the physician pool and there is a national shortage of physicians overall. How will costs go down when there are less of us seeing a growing, aging and sicker population? If you take a pure free market approach, prices will go up and not down.

    I suggest the members of your caucus do a deep dive into the economic data that exists on all of the other OECD countries that provide health care to their constituents at almost half the cost per capita than the US. Please see existing studies and Power point presentations on the topic at http://www.PNHP.org and The Commonwealth Fund. Most shocking is the fact that we spend 0.31 cents on the dollar on unnecessary administrative waste.

    Best of luck to you all as you fix our costly wasteful and inconsistant health care system.

    • Andrea DeSantis DO, you wrote, “I certainly understand your concern for the bureaucratic burdens of a government run health care system as well as the current rising administrative complexities that are eroding the patient doctor relationship.”

      Please explain how you distinguish in your daily practice the difference between the bureaucratic burdens of a government run health care system and the administrative burdens of having multiple payers, Medicaid, Medicare, every single insurance company you contract with as a in-network provider. Isn’t it the complexity of having multiple payers the real burden, not “government run health care?” It would be nice if you would admit the truth, instead of adhering to the false idea that “government run health care” is ruining the system and the patient/doctor relationship.

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