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Montgomery Doctor 'Troubled' By New Health Care Law

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

WSFA 12 News met Dr. Randy Brinson in the lobby of Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. Brinson says he literally read every page, every word of the monster bill over 3 days.

"That is totally different with the way medical care is delivered today," said Dr. Brinson.

A conclusion critics and supporters of the new law agree on. It's the middle part of the 2,700 page bill that troubles Dr. Brinson.

Under the title of Role of Public Programs, the federal government, according to Brinson, will essentially tell medical schools like UAB, for example, how to run their business.

"The Surgeon General could go to UAB or South Alabama and say you will only have an 'x' number of residencies. You will have a clinic in certain areas. You will provide this amount of care. You will see this many patients," Dr. Brinson said, a gastroenterologist in Montgomery.

Troubling because Dr. Brinson says medical professionals in the state have a far better idea how to serve the underserved than someone sitting in Washington.

And the heading under Part D, United States Public Health Track is way off track in Brinson's view. This is the part that could really affect doctors like Randy Brinson in a very personal way.

"They may tell me we don't need you in this area as a gastroenterologist in Montgomery, Alabama. We only need half, so what are we going to do with the other half," said Dr. Brinson.

In an effort to be fair and balanced on the new law signed this week by President Obama, Dr. Brinson believes the idea of getting people insured is a good concept and at least this debate is generating a lot of good questions.

In the end though Dr. Brinson has his doubts whether the new health care law will in fact reduce health care costs.

"We know what's driving the costs in Alabama. It's obesity," said Dr. Brinson.

Dr. Brinson is the head of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He's a Republican but insists his concerns over the health care law have nothing to do with party politics.

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