A Black Physician says that Obamacare will screw black doctors

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Dr Daniela Drake, writing for The Daily Beast, has drawn controversy for being one of the few black doctors speaking out against Obamacare.  According to Dr. Drake, minority physicians are going to be harmed by metrics used in the Obamacare system.  We don’t know the political affiliation of Dr. Drake, but her words seem pretty strong. 

Here is more of what she has to say: 

Imagine that you’re an optimistic third-year medical student walking into the ER. Your first patient says to you, “I don’t want any niggers touching me.” There you are in your brand new white coat—the apotheosis of your and your parents’ hopes and dreams—but still, to this patient, you’re a nigger. You try to ignore the sting in your eyes—the shame of it. You suck it up, say nothing, and move on.

This kind of thing has happened to me from time to time—even as a studious, light-skinned offspring of a white father and black mother; even as a person who has “no discernable negro accent”; even as a person who was schooled since I was knee-high to respond to the question of what race I am by saying, “Homo sapiens sapiens because there is no such thing as race.”

But it turns out that to a lot of people, I’m still a nigger.

Over time, I learned to please people—like anyone would—despite their obvious disappointment when they see that I’m black. I got good at being what people need me to be. But it slowly transformed me into something I couldn’t foresee—a sort of Dr. Bojangles—delighting everyone with my expressive face and tap dancing feet. And although I have been an Obama supporter, it’d be disingenuous if I didn’t conclude that we’re faced with the fascinating paradox that the signature policy of the first black president may indeed serve to increase our racial divides.

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    • theloneous, the headlline that mentions a black doctor is misleading. I see that she describes herself as ” light-skinned offspring of a white father and black mother” so she confirms that she’s not black. She’s mixed, mulatto, biracial. She should indicate that she’s mixed, biracial or mulatto.

      What distiguishes black people is hair (typically strong/nappy/tightly coiled), skin (typically dark vs pale), lips (typically full vs thin) and nose (typically broad vs pointy). The woman in the picture doesn’t look black. She looks white with her straight hair, pale skin, thin lips and pointy nose. On what basis is it claimed that she’s black?

  1. I emphasize with Dr. Drake, it almost sounds like the “No Child Left Behind Act,” with respect to students’ test scores tied to teachers’ performance and pay. With respect to being subject to discrimination, there must be a systemic mechanism where doctors can challenge unjustified satisfaction surveys to protect themselves. However, there must also be protection for patients served by prejudice doctors or doctors who provide poor medical service.

  2. Stop selling out and get over it. Follow the program downsize everything you have, hug your family. Think about all the people that Affordable HealthCare will help. We are our Brothers Keepers

    • ELois P. Clayton on

      I also will add to your response of this doctor attempting to balem our presdient for ignorant rants, that NOONE, is responsible for ANY racist behaviors OR remarks,(but the person who makes them)!

    • Agreed. She is whining about something the ACA did not create, nor control. I think she’s really upset about not being able to screw over patients.
      In fact, how does the ACA play into this at all? This doctor only uses her blackness when it is convenient to do so, she couldn’t even refer to herself as black in her comments.

  3. Who cares what they say; it just may be a black doctor that help save their life. This just shows that they’re already prejudice from the start and this excuse has no effect.

  4. First take a look at all the new come Indians who are now our healthcare providers. They are supporting their communities in America and back home in India.
    Black Doctors like all other Black professional folk We have forgotten to put back in our communities. Once We get a decent paycheck We leave the community. Then We holler when it comes back to bite us in the azzz.
    !st We had the Jewish Doctors did they abandon their communities no, then White Doctors did they abandon their communities no. Did the Asian Doctors abndon their community no.
    Black Doctors abandon their communities now when the money is Getting cut you want to be Black.

    In the end you all must come back you cannot escape this fight We have. Good that you will be losing with Obama care, because if you had did right the first time their problem would not be a need for Obama care.

    Personall I like the new metric system ICD 10 CM. Obama did not ratify this piece of legislation Bill Clinton did under HIPAA. Obama has extended it until 2015.

    Lack of knowledge…. Stop blaming Obama for all this mess!!! He inherited it.

  5. Oh puhlease … any racial divides you got now, you’ve had for at least 150 years and refused to acknowledge them.

    Being jaded, bougie, and living a sheltered life will make you start believing racism didn’t exist until 2008.

  6. Sad to say racism is rearing its ugly head again, in all aspects of the American life. In 1999, when I worked at Duke we had patients request not to have a Black nurse. This is nothing new, its called racism, and your time came for the evil of racism to shine through. Being of mixed heritage will not stop it. It’s not just Blacks, but any people of color who will encounter racism in this year and coming years. Its just a matter of time that the hands will be turned because our society is slowly becoming people of color. And we know that throughout history nothing will stay the same.

  7. The headlline that mentions a black doctor is misleading. I see that she describes herself as ” light-skinned offspring of a white father and black mother” so she confirms that she’s not black. She’s mixed, mulatto, biracial. She should indicate that she’s mixed, biracial or mulatto.

    What distiguishes black people is hair (typically strong/nappy/tightly coiled), skin (typically dark vs pale), lips (typically full vs thin) and nose (typically broad vs pointy). The woman in the picture doesn’t look black. She looks white with her straight hair, pale skin, thin lips and pointy nose.

  8. I am sure that the patient review aspect of ObamaCare could produce “unintended consequences” for Blacks or any other doctors who attend to those of diverse backgrounds. But we don’t want to” throw the baby out with the bathwater”. While the good doctor has quite valid concerns, she offers no solutions or alternatives.

    Would it help if performance reviews were eliminated altogether or modified to diminish patient racism and bias? If so, how so? Obviously, there are flaws in any man-made system. This one needs to be brought to the attention of the political champions and the administrators of ObamaCare, supported by clear and convincing proof that this government mandate is a flaw in the system and underpines racial prejudice and bigotry.

    Personally, I see no problem with patients’ preferences. Like Black patients who generally prefer Black doctors, most ethnic groups prefer to deal with their own.
    But when one goes so far as to decline a hospital/clinic qualified doctor on the basis of his or her color, religion, or race, then the border of anti-Americanism, bigotry, and ignorance has been crossed.

    Any time humans are called on to render opinions, biases can be obscured in their responses. Racial biases are pervasive throughout our entire criminal justice system. How many times has a Black man been wrongfully killed, accused or convicted, based upon the biased opinions of others?

    Perfection will never exist in this life, with anyone or with anything! Nevertheless, what some of us can do is to shun, not condone, and to voice our disapproval of racial prejudices, even when they are clearly in our favor.

  9. Treating millions of people who didn’t have health insurance before sounds like good business for me. and BTW most of those ppl are minorities so they’ll be delighted to be treated by black doctors, again more business for black doctors.

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