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!