Obamatax is going to be going into effect soon. 2013 is the first year where things are going to be different in the way the average person interacts with their doctor UNDER the new mandates. Over at PJM a doctor points out what that may very well look like. When you read this, think about how hard the Left worked to delay Obamacare going into effect before the 2012 election. They aren’t stupid, they know you are NOT going to like this;
Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song.
Now, dont get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the free stuff it provides. Children covered on their parents plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults excuse me, children pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the annual or preventative exam, which according to Obamacare is free.
You gotta love this stuff. I wish I had the chutzpah of the people who wrote Obamacare. What they did not tell you, and I am, is that it covers absolutely nothing more than the bare minimum.
I have now posted a notice in my office and each exam room stating exactly what Obamacare will cover for those yearly visits. Remember Obama promised this as a free exam no co-pay, no deductible, no charge. Thats fine and dandy if you are healthy and have no complaints. However, we are obligated by law to code specifically for the reason of the visit. An annual exam is one specific code; you can not mix this with another code, say, for rectal bleeding. This annual visit covers the exam and discussion about the status of previously diagnosed stable conditions. Thats the exact wording under that code insurance will not cover any new ailment under that code.
If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code thats illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.
You, the patient, will then have to make a decision.
Do you want your free yearly exam, or do you want to pay for a visit which is coded for a particular, new problem? You can have my free exam if you only discuss what Obamacare wants me to discuss.
This happened to me personally, as a patient, when I went for my physical. It is the law. If you are complaining of a new problem, then you have to reschedule, since Obamacare is very clear as to what is covered and what is not. Obamacare intentionally makes it as difficult to be seen and taken care of as possible.
Patients can be very tricky. I have had patients make an annual exam, only to want to discuss and be treated for another ailment. I cant do it.
Soon doctors and nurses will be forced to ask you about thing you don’t want to talk about and not talk to you about things that concern you- all so some bureaucrat or politician can be satisfied with their social/medical meddling.
Obama promised you can keep your doctor under Obamacare. No you won’t. Maybe for a while but then he/she will be gone or too busy for you or when you do see him, unable to assist you.
BUT Washington will be getting its hands on the billions and billions of dollars funneling through the healthcare industry. Trust me, this wholesale grab for healthcare is not about you, it is all about the money. Once Washington can get you to funnel your healthcare through their bureacracy, it will shave off its share from the top, leaving less for you and your care or your family’s care.
The politicians don’t care. Government doesn’t care, it is worried about starving. So it will come and get you and yours to stay alive.
And 52% of you think that is a good thing.
Also I dont ask for free gas when I go to the gas station, or ask for free food from the supermarket. Additionally, Obamacare has a 23% cut in Medicare reimbursement to doctors and hospitals.
These lower payments wont cover the cost of staying in practice to take care of the patient.
Private doctors are becoming a thing of the past. By 2014, less than 25% of physicians will be in private medicine. Obama was right in stating you can keep your doctor if you want to the problem is he or she will rarely be available.
On top of all of that, doctors will be obligated thats right, obligated to talk to you about things you may have no interest or need to talk about.
You may just want to have a pap smear or check your cholesterol. However, I am now mandated by the government to talk to you about your weight, exercise, family life, smoking, sexual abuse(!), and even to ask if you wear seat belts. And I am mandated to record your answers.
I am a physician. But I need to tell you to wear a seat belt and then record your answer.
I have received interesting responses from my patients since I put up the notice. Almost all are supportive and totally understand. The very few who complain? The same patients who always ask for free samples, who always complain that we do not validate parking. These are also the same patients who call my office and ask for free samples even when they are not even being seen.
Those looking for handouts are going to realize those days are going fast too.
Amazing how stupid, shallow and selfish Americans can be.