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    chrisculpepper, acornweb

    I did taxes for the wealthy, and the firm I worked at served a lot of doctors.

    A vast majority were in the latter camp.

    I understand that they work incredibly hard and deal with insane pressures most of us will just never have to. Medical school is a shit ton of money. Starting and running a medical practice, even a small one, is demonically expensive.

    There was a couple, both doctors, who came to the office this past tax season. One of them was incredibly pissed off about the Additional Medicare Surcharge and fumed "You mean to tell me I have to pay to see my own patients now?" since they worked in a large teaching hospital that serviced several Medicaid and Medicare patients. He felt he shouldn't have to pay this tax.

    While doctors are disproportionately underpaid compared to say, mortgage bankers who ripped off the country and even actors who play doctors on TV, I found this couple's attitude really unsettling.  I don't have beef with doctor comp at the base level for the aforementioned reasons: they provide a service of tremendous value to society. Until they pull attitudes like these people, where they don't think Medicare and Medicaid should be expanded and funded.

    Soooo many other doctors we served who made far more money than that couple bitched a lot more about how Obamacare was costing them money, putting too much regulation on them, and "these 26-year-old idealists thought it was such a great idea until they found out they had to pay for it." I found it REALLY disturbing because surely they take those biases out on their patients! Made me trust doctors even less than I already do.

    There's a disturbing amount of right-wing doctors out there who really truly put money above helping people. I've met many of them. I even did many of their tax returns. I'm disgusted by all of them.

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