I was literally raised by 3 doctors. No, I’m not some genetic experiment, like Arnold Schwarzenegger was in the movie “Twins” with Danny DeVito. I was born a severe asthmatic, caused by being born a month premature to a Mother 3 days before her 40th birthday.
These three men worked in the same clinic in Mid-town Memphis, TN. They later went on to become the chairmen of the Medical and Surgery Departments at a local hospital.
Some of my most vivid memories involve laying in one of their examination rooms, with oxygen strapped to my face, as my beloved Daddy waited nervously, by my side.
Asthma treatment back then, consisted of a swig of nasty-tasting yellow Triaminic Syrup, a shot of Epinephrine, an antibiotic shot (usually a Mycin drug), a prescription for prednisone to alleviate the inflammation, and a prescription for an anti-biotic (again, usually a mycin drug). Thank goodness, back then (1960s through early 1970s) Sears, where both of my parents worked, had a really good insurance plan.
My asthma persists to this day, but it has never stopped me. Once I got to high school, I became a gym rat, playing, and later, coaching and playing basketball and working out 6 days a week as a young man. However, at 54, that’s all behind me now…literally.
That being said, I owe my life to those three men of medicine, and the Greatest Healthcare System in the World.
Unfortunately, that Healthcare System, thanks to the megalomaniac who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, is about to go the way of the Dodo Bird.
The latest news revolving around the advent of this American Healthcare Destroyer, known as Obamacare, involves a survey which shows that 6 in 10 of American doctors plan on retiring within 1-3 years of this unwanted program’s inception.
How can a state-run Healthcare System function without any doctors? Answer: it can’t.
I remember when I was singing with a 15 voice youth choir in the UK, back in July of 1978. My choirmaster’s husband, had some bad l”kippers (lox) one morning for breakfast, and got food poisoning. The hotel sent for a doctor and a nice young Pakistani fellow arrived. When asked how he wound up being a doctor in the UK, he replied that since the British Government took over healthcare, the older doctors had left the profession, and the British Government had to offer special incentives to foreign doctors to move to the UK and fill the empty slots.
Welcome to your future, America.
It has also come forward this week, that Obama and his minions are having trouble coordinating the establishment of the individual State Insurance Exchanges. These are the committees, made up on local hack politicians, which were to be easy to use, like ordering pizza online, allowing users to fill out basic information, have the government database verify their eligibility, and then enable them to choose among competing insurance plans.
The lofty goals which Obama set for these exchanges have now been replaced with lowered expectations.
According to Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges,
The time for debating about the size of text on the screen or the color or is it a world-class user experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago. Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.
“A third world experience” is evidently what Obama had in mind all along.
But, hey…no worries. We’ll all be blessed with really good, cheap health insurance, right?
According to wsj.com,
The possibility of higher premiums has become the latest focal point of the political tussle over the health law, which marks its third anniversary Saturday. Republican lawmakers have held hearings on the issue, and six GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce committee wrote last week to more than a dozen insurers asking them to turn over internal analyses on the law’s impact on premiums and costs.
The insurance industry has also been talking publicly about big potential premium increases in lobbying for tweaks to the law.
The individual market includes about 15 million people, and around 18% of the roughly 149 million with employer coverage were at small companies, according to 2011 figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The individual market is expected to grow to around 35 million people by 2016 as a result of the law.
In a private presentation to brokers late last month, UnitedHealth Group Inc., UNH -1.09% the nation’s largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%. The company said the estimates were driven in part by growing medical costs not directly tied to the law. It also cited the law’s requirements that health status not affect rates and that plans include certain minimum benefits and limits to out-of-pocket charges, among other things.
Jeff Alter, who leads United Health’s employer and individual insurance business, said the numbers represented a “high-end scenario,” not an average. “There are some scenarios in which a member could see as much as a 116% increase or over,” he said, though others, such as some older consumers, could see decreases. He said the company dwelled on the possible increases because it was trying to prepare brokers to speak with clients facing big jumps.
There is a push up on Capitol Hill to make Obama have to drop his present “Cadillac” health insurance coverage, in order to experience the horror of this bureaucratic monster which he has created, for himself.
That’s not going to happen. King Barry and Michelle Antoinette will continue to have their cake and eat it,too.
In the meantime, I hope you have your ice floe reserved. I do.
Until He Comes,