Docs Split over What Reform Should Look Like

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Dozens of doctors were at the White House, Monday, to support President Barack Obama's health care plan. Still, not all health care workers agree on how reform should look.

The point of the gathering at the Rose Garden was not to break any new ground on health care. Instead, the sea of white lab coats was assembled to send a message.

"These doctors also know that reform will make their lives easier," Obama said.

This is a key week for health care reform on Capitol Hil. The Senate Finance Committee sits poised to pass its highly scrutinized $774 billion bill. What's next for health care reform? CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody eplains, here.

Obama told doctors who support his plan that it's now clear whatever version of reform passes, it will streamline the way they do business.

"You did not devote your lives to be bean counters or paper pushers. You took an oath so that you could heal people. You did it so you could save lives," the president said. "The reforms we're proposing to our health care system will help you live up to that oath."

Obama asked the 150 doctors representing all 50 states to fan out and convince skeptical Americans his plan will work.

Still, some of their colleagues remain unconvinced.

Many doctors, including those who gathered in Washington last week for the "million meds march," want patients, not government to have more control over the system.

They say tort reform, incentives for healthy lifestyles and more health savings accounts could go a long way.

"We know that if people have a little skin in the game they tend to control health care costs on their own," said Dr. Fred Shessel of Doctors for Patient Care. "When they know what things cost and they have a little bit of responsibility for that cost they tend to ratchet those things down."

If the senate finance committee passes its version of reform it must be fused with the more liberal version passed by the Senate HELP Committee and House legislation, leaving many hurdles to come before the president gets his hands on a bill.

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Jennifer Wishon

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