Yesterday was my day for my quarterly checkup and adjustment and I found the place turned somewhat upside down. I could tell that he was stressed, as was his wonderful nurse and his receptionist, and it quickly became clear what the problem was: Obamacare.
This good and caring doctor was being overrun with paperwork. Every step, every comment, everything he did required recording and paperwork. And while I know that it is important to record information, that coding for bills and details are important, it was more than that. It was almost like he is now under the arm of the NSA and gathering data just because somebody in "Big Brother" wants it. You could see it in his eyes and in his actions and, of course, he doesn't want to talk about it because I know he has concerns about what is being done by the government to destroy his love of medicine.
As I departed the office on my way home, I thought of my dear departed father, dead many years. Dad was an ear, nose and throat physician and his medical practice was his life. He ate, breathed and drank medicine; it was the world to him. And thinking of him, I knew how unhappy this current situation would have made him. And I also knew that had it been that way when he came along, he would have never chosen to be a doctor.
Friends, there is something dreadfully wrong here. The patient-doctor relationship is being destroyed by a bureaucratic machine which is both uncaring and also woefully lacking in knowledge of how medicine works. The impact on those who practice it is becoming clear and we are already seeing signs that many excellent physicians, those at the peak of their knowledge with much experience, are seriously thinking about opting out. And with the profession losing its luster we are likely to see fewer young people willing to dedicate themselves to the rigorous study required to enter the field. There will be doctor shortages of unheard of numbers and we Americans will pay a very high price.
Then, of course, the issue of cost and insurance coverage is a problem. You see, folks, it doesn't matter how good your insurance policy is if you can't afford its cost and there aren't enough doctors to provide the services needed. Add to that rationing and death panels and you'll see that we will have created a system worthy of Jack Kervorkian.
We have one last chance to turn this system around before it is too late. Some patriotic conservative lawmakers are trying to eliminate the funding of Obamacare in the upcoming budget battles. They want to fund all other aspects of government for now, but delete all funding they legally can from Obamacare. This will be a major blow to this program and it's something that clear headed Americans should get behind. If you want to show your support, sign the petition currently on line at www.dontfundobamacare.com. Thus far over 1.3 million citizens have signed the document. The petition will be on line until October 1st.
I fear that once the new rules fully kick in on January 1, 2014 our chance to stop this immoral law will be lost forever. And with it will go good people, good care, and a system which provided the best medicine in the world. And it will be given up for nothing but ideology, for that is what this is all about. The ideology of control and centralization perpetrated by power hungry politicians who don't have a clue what the art of medicine is all about. How sad that is for America.
Stand up for traditional America and lend your support to killing this bad law.