MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE HEALTHCARE JACKBOOTS

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When it comes to my health and medical care, I want to make the decisions concerning my body and treatment or lack of treatment thereof. Nonetheless, the system of universal healthcare or Obamacare as we presently know it removes choice and availability of certain procedures and medications.

In my last commentary I wrote of the present policy of the West Virginia state employees’ insurance program, PEIA, and it’s mandates to members following the implementation of Obamacare. Under the strict guidelines of the state program, members are now forced to have the annual monitoring of their vitals, BMI, and bloodwork. I repeat, they are forced to do so, and those who choose to not comply are penalized with a five hundred dollar increase in their deductibles.

Also, if the member’s weight, blood sugars, cholesterol, BMI, and blood pressure are outside of the window of the standards set by the insurance company, the member will pay an additional five hundred dollar deductible. This scheme for squeezing additional money from non-compliant members is not only authoritarian, but immoral.

Forcing anyone to seek medical advice against their will or pay a fine would certainly fall under the statute of extortion. With that said, I am going to disclose my experience at my primary care exam on Friday.

Because of time constraints, I waited until the last minute to make my dreaded and unnecessary visit to a primary care doctor, a woman of Middle Eastern descent whom I had only seen once before. The results of the bloodwork are due this week, so I was down to the last minute.

I had the necessary paperwork from PEIA which required bloodwork, my waist measurement, and my blood pressure. My appointment was the first of the day for the facility.

When I arrived, I told the receptionist that I needed to get in and out as soon as possible as I needed to go to work. The nurse came to escort me to the examination room, and I reiterated that I didn’t need a complete physical and only desired the necessary information to satisfy the insurance form.

“Oh no!” she exclaimed. “You must have a complete wellness examination.” I responded that I did not have time for a physical and that my boss would be expecting me. She then retorted, “Where do you work? We will call your boss and explain.” I advised her not to call my boss, and I texted a coworker as to my situation.

The doctor, hearing the exchange, entered the room, and insisted that this was a process that I must adhere to if I wanted to get my bloodwork and have the results forwarded to PEIA.

Biting my tongue and feigning cheerfulness, I spent the next ten minutes with the nurse as she checked my vitals, weighed me, measured my waist, and asked me private information. Included in the line of questioning was 1)What is your sister’s name? What is her birthday? 2) What was your father’s name? What was his birthday? 3) What was your mother’s name? What was her birthday? 4) What are your children’s names? What are their birthdays?

I spent the next FORTY minutes with the doctor as she covered every aspect of my health since birth. When she asked me if I had the flu shot, I responded to the negative telling her that I have never had the flu and prefer to not put any foreign substances into my body unless absolutely necessary. I have a semi-holistic approach to my health.

When the doctor learned that I had not taken the flu shot, she began to shame me saying that whether I got the flu or not, I was around people who could get it and that it was my responsibility to take the shot so as to protect the defenseless. I stated that being exposed to germs is an unavoidable risk of living and that I would not inject myself with a toxin to prevent myself from getting an illness to which I am obviously already immune.

I then proceeded to tell the doctor that I resented being forced to have this physical under the threat of paying a five hundred dollar fine while welfare recipients pay nothing and have nothing required of them. The doctor smirked.

The power struggle was on. The doctor who had moments earlier told me that I was in excellent condition, suddenly decided that I should lose ten pounds, or maybe fifteen she added. The nurse had already complimented me on my weight prior to the doctor’s intentional insult.

It was apparent that the doctor saw me as a hostile patient, and she was deliberately asking me for irrelevant information so as to force me to extend my time at the office. She also conveniently held the bloodwork off for last so that I could not at any time leave before she dismissed me.

There were many inexcusable questions and lectures that I received from this doctor, but due to my personal privacy, I am not free to relate some of the more disparaging remarks and her glaring attempts to show her authority.

Had it not been that I was at the mercy of the facility to get this last minute bloodwork, I would have walked out in the middle of the exam. But five hundred dollars is still a lot of money to me, and I was not about to allow this woman to push me into missing the deadline of PEIA.

Of course not everyone receives this treatment from their primary care physician. But it is becoming more and more common to find medical care professionals stepping outside of their jurisdiction regarding personal choice.

I am a person who cherishes my freedom. I treasure my rights to personal choice and the right to lead my life as I choose within the confines of the law. I don’t interfere in the rights of others, and I will never concede to anyone intruding upon mine.

I resent that the doctor bullied me with her subtle insinuations and unwanted advice. But most of all I resent a process and a government which has put me into the machine known as Obamacare, soon-to-be single-payer healthcare unless the Republicans have something magical up their sleeves.

In a few short years, my experience will not be unique as the medical schools graduate the progressively educated interns who are ready to carry on with the communist agenda. We will all become hostages to the healthcare system if Obamacare is not repealed. Do Not Doubt!

3 Comments

  1. My focus was the healthcare system and its brokenness and how do we continue to afford the rising costs unless something changes. I would agree that socialism is at the root of most of what we are experiencing in this country. The growing numbers who feel the government should take care of our every need, from cradle to grave is suffocating this once great nation. As you say free market principles and education are important. We need to educate our healthcare providers and the general public to incentivize active partication in our health. Unfortunately I don’t see much happening in this regard because medical education and our political system are being controlled by big pharma and the agribusinesses. And that was my point unless we are able to make the necessary changes whether it be to our lifestyles or to the socialism in our government these changes will be forced upon us. In an ideal world I would like to think that everyone could the choices that were needed and make the appropriate changes. Unfortunately that is not the world we live in today.

  2. Judy I agree with your assessment of the healthcare provider you saw in this example. Unfortunately this not the exception but rather becoming more the rule because medical education in this country has not kept up with current research that shows how we thought about and what constitutes good health and how to achieve it is changing drastically. This is not surprising since most of the nations medical schools are highly influenced and supported by big pharma.

    I, like you believe in freedom of individual choice as it relates to our health but it we believe that we also need to believe in taking responsibility for those choices. We as a developed nation are the stickiest country in the developed world. We throw more money and utilize more healthcare than any other nation yet don’t get the results you would expect from this investment.

    Something is broke we cannot continue on the healthcare path we’ve been on as it has bankrupted this country. So how do we fight this continuing upward pressure on our healthcare dollars and rectify it with our current lifestyles? Particularly when it is now known that 75-80% of these costs are due to our poor diet and lifestyle choices. We utilize more healthcare yet we are not getting healthier.

    I agree Obamacare is not and has not been the answer but neither will any replacement if we don’t change our habits. When we have the ability to be healthier yet we refuse to take responsibility for that health how then do we as a nation continue to fund this system that is spiraling out of control? Who pays the bills? When do say enough is enough and change course?

    An emphasis on Prevention and incentivizing those who refuse to change is the only answer. I already pay enormous amounts of my monthly salary to subsidize this unsustainable path. I do not want to pay more and I am sick of paying for those who can and refuse to see that there is a different path to true health. Aging does not mean we become obese and rely on drugs just to keep us alive yet still unhealthy. These are not and should be the be the normal consequences of aging, it is self inflicted.

    If we don’t change our ways then no matter what system is put in place the only way cost containment can happen is through rationing and healthcare parameters which you have just recently experienced. It will also mean the doctors of the future in this country will be less well trained and will be midlevel providers like PA’s and NP’s. This is already happening. The choice is ours or if we don’t act that choice will be taken away from us . Either the government or corporate America will drive this issue. Are we ready for the moral choices we will face if we relegate healthcare to non-medical entities who will be actuaries making decisions based on the bottom line?

    • Patrick, I agree with much of what you say. But I believe in natural consequences for those who don’t care for themselves. And the first step is altering the welfare system. How can we really be surprised that we are bankrupting ourselves with the healthcare system, when we have enabled irresponsibility and encouraged dependency since Johnson’s Great Society. Roosevelt initiated the social program mindset, but it was Johnson who fueled the expansion of the welfare mentality.

      And it has been the Democrats who have risen to great heights with the promotion of the social justice theory. The healthcare debacle is only a symptom of the much larger problem of class warfare and entitlements. Every aspect of our society has succumbed to the same Marxist theory which also drives Obamacare.

      Progressivism is the problem, not the healthcare system. Social justice theorists have provided a crutch for individuals to shirk their responsibilities. Why do individuals not bother themselves with the proper health management? Because they have been excused from the consequences of their actions by the social justice activists who work diligently to create a dependent class of Americans.

      A progressive educational system has perpetuated the myth that there is no such thing as “cause and effect.” Our kids have no sense of reality, because of social promotion and a watered down version of what was at one time the envy of nations. Kids are denied an education in critical thought and have a disconnect with the consequences of their own behavior. They don’t believe they need to take care of themselves, because if they don’t, someone will fix it.

      And then there is the issue of technology. When we took real work out of the workplace and schools, we set ourselves on a course for obesity. Gone are the days when children played outside and spent energy. Today they are glued in front of a screen, be it a computer, cellphone, or television. Obesity and the
      complications of obesity are a result of sedentary lifestyles which accompany technology.

      The first step must be in the revival of a merit-based educational system rather than the meritless system that now gives students a sense of accomplishment that they have not earned. Secondly, the welfare system must be revisited so as to make welfare unattractive rather than appealing. Welfare recipients must be weaned off of their entitlements.

      All of the problems you articulated are problems which are the byproducts of a society which has been marinating in socialism for over seventy-five years. And it is the socialism which is the main culprit with some help from corporate greed.

      I agree with you 100% in that we must change the present day healthcare system, but it cannot be through universal healthcare which is just a continuation of the problems which brought us to this low point in our history.

      I can think of many changes that can be made outside of government-controlled healthcare that are doable and common sense approaches to rolling back the expenses. We can use free market principles and education to restore integrity to healthcare.

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