In their recent op-ed ("The wrong fix for
They assert that Medicare is in desperate need of reform with costs out of control, but they give no hint what that reform should consist of, other than opposing the reform passed by our elected Congress, including the Maryland Democratic delegation, strong and proven friends of Maryland medicine. They acknowledge, without explanation or justification, that Maryland Medicare average annual costs are $1,000 (10 percent) per enrollee higher than average. A tour of the various brand new, hotel-like, heavily-advertised Baltimore area hospitals may give a clue.
Their primary argument is that large and increasing numbers of their colleagues are on strike against Medicare, turning away our senior citizens. They do not mention that many doctors also boycott some private insurance systems including Johns Hopkins Employee Health Plan. This is an argument for a single payer system, Medicare for all, so they will not be able to discriminate by ability to pay the highest fees.