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Obama’s Ex-Doctor Crosses the Line May 13, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

Human Events talks about Edward Klein’s interview with Obama’s former doctor:

In a revealing new book, The Amateur, author Edward Klein interviews President Barack Obama’s physician, Dr. David Scheiner, MD, who blasts the president’s health care plan and says that President Obama has an “academic detachment” that he could never break through.

“I think there is too much of the University of Chicago in him. By which I mean he’s academic, lacks passion and feeling, and doesn’t have the sense of humanity that I expected.”

Ummmm…. isn’t there supposed to be some sort of confidentiality between doctor and patient? Like where you can speak freely with your doctor and not feel like he’s going to broadcast your personal traits all over the world? I know this isn’t medical information, but still.

Ironically, the article then says:

The point that Scheiner was trying to make is that President Obama lacks the ability to understand the critical role of the doctor to patient interaction just as he fails to connect to people personally.

Yeah, well, a key part of that doctor to patient interaction is trust. It’s easy to see why the President might not appreciate that interaction as much as he would have if his former personal physician wasn’t trying to stab him in the back.

There are plenty of reasons that this President should never again hold public office at any level. We don’t need to stoop this low.


1. Tushar - May 13, 2012

Geoff, I concur. It is one thing to criticize your famous patient’s healthcare law, but discussing these things is not right. He told us nothing that we didn’t already know, and damaged his reputation in the process.

2. daveintexas - May 14, 2012

That was a jack move by his ex-doc.

3. skinbad - May 14, 2012

I was pretty sure “crossing the line” had to do with instructions to cut back on ice cream consumption.

4. BrewFan - May 14, 2012

Completely off topic (bite me), news only Michael and I may be interested in:


5. digitalbrownshirt - May 14, 2012

Does it seem strange to anybody else that the doctor would pull such a dick move considering how willing Obama is to punish his enemies over minor slights?

6. daveintexas - May 14, 2012

I used to live that world Brew.

Now I’m making sure American soldiers are equipped for the fight.

I’ve come full circle, in my career.

7. BrewFan - May 15, 2012

And that is why I love my daveintexas! I have not been able to spend much time on blogging/commenting lately so I missed some opportunities to say that you lately and I am very sorry for that. I hope your spirit and body are healing nicely.

8. Mike - May 16, 2012

to suggest that this doctor somehow broke doctor-patient confidentiality is to led credence to his statements. he is certainly not qualified to reach such conclusions unless he is also a psychiatrist (in which case he did break confidentiality). his opinion has no value.

this is the same as to assume that just because Obama met Ayers then it means he also made bombs for him.

9. geoff - May 16, 2012

he is certainly not qualified to reach such conclusions unless he is also a psychiatrist

Mental health falls well within the purview of GPs. Even if it was not a strict violation of doctor-patient confidentiality, but it is certainly a violation of the patient’s trust. As Dave said, it was a jack move. And it certainly is ironic that Dr. Klein seems to be making these revelations in support of the doctor-patient relationship.

this is the same as to assume that just because Obama met Ayers then it means he also made bombs for him.

That would require some time travel as well.

10. Lipstick - May 17, 2012

I read this a few days ago – at the end of the article, didn’t the doctor say that he was offended not to have been invited to the inauguration? Something like “he invited his barber, but not me”.

Little bitchy sour grapes. Bad form.

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