Today I had a patient who was talking about “Obama Care” insurance. He went on about the expectations and what he “just can’t wait to get once the plan takes effect.” I know that there has been a lot of debate and hand-wringing going on about the new health plan. The Conservatives are down in the dumps and the Liberals are ecstatic over their claim of a new “single payer system.” I feel that the whole thing is bad because, I am a Libertarian first. I know that once the federal government becomes the “health insurance provider” for everyone, things will most definitely change. We’ve seen the tip of the iceberg in New York with mayor Bloomberg. He has restricted smoking, fatty foods and, most notably, large sugary carbonated drinks. The liberals can’t understand that nothing is free. Because the government is paying for the insurance, the government will also look for ways to reduce cost. There will certainly be strings attached and the payment will be your individual freedoms. I don’t drink “big gulp” drinks… but if I wanted to have one, I don’t want any government bureaucrat telling me that I can’t. It’s my freedom, dammit.
In the same vein, my patient was talking about his “right to get care and to choose his doctor.” I beg to differ. I don’t really care one way or the other about Obama-Care. I mean that I don’t access the system that often. The liberals are going on about “death panels” and how much better the “Canadian system” is over the health care in America. Well, in Canada, because the government pays for the care, they actually do have death panels. There is only so much health care dollars to go around. So when they look at who gets care and who doesn’t, they take into account who actually pays into the system and who doesn’t. A tax payer with a full time job will get health care priority over, say, any indigent, anyone on welfare, anyone who is unemployed, and anyone who is retired. I don’t like it, but that is simply the way it is.
If this is soon to be the law if the land, I’m willing to accept it, but I ask myself, are the Liberals really ready to accept this new health care plan? I don’t think so… but then it’s too late. Just ask the Canadians. One thing that I am confident of, and that is everyone, Liberals and Conservatives alike, have no idea of what is coming down the pike in the way of government sponsored healthcare.
Oh well, I accidentally missed “hump day humor yesterday, so here you go. For a little bit of levity, I’ve got the top ten signs that your employer has changed to the new Obama health care plan:
(10) Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.
(9) Directions to your doctor’s office include “Take a left when you enter the trailer park.”
(8) The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.
(7) The only proctologist in the plan is “Gus” from Roto-Rooter.
(6) The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is “an apple a day.”
(5) Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.
(4) “The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges,” and this is not a typographical error.
(3) The only expense covered 100% is…. “Embalming.”
(2) Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M’s on them.
AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU’VE JOINED OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE PLAN: (1) You ask for Viagra, and they give you a Popsicle stick and duct tape.