I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago. Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities that got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that preceded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything – except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the ‘welfare’ of the patients, with no thought for those who provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only ‘to serve.’ That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards – never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind – yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands? Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well, that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it – and still less, if he is the sort who doesn’t.
The above statement is found in the novel Atlas Shrugged. As I look at the ‘glitches’ and the restrictions in Obamacare, I wonder if this will become standard from skilled doctors. Doctors spend years developing a skill and talent in practicing medicine. It is a passion of theirs. I couldn’t imagine being in their spot being told by people who have never practice medicine telling them what standards they have to have.
Now onto the insurance companies. I understand the main principle of how insurance works. Easiest way for me to explain it is let’s say you have a group of 20 people buy the same kind of policy, all their money goes into a pooled savings account. If no one makes a claim, the money pile continues to grow. So if 1 person out of that 20 makes a claim, there is still money left in the pile. If 12 or more people make claims, the money pile would be considerably smaller. If all 20 people make claims, there would be no pile. From how I understand Obamacare to work, they want it so all 20 can make claims and be able to take money from other groups’ piles. I can understand why insurance companies are upset. You have people who have never ran a business overhauling their industry.
Now for the personal part of the post. A family friend of mine went on Fox & Friends this morning because of the ‘glitches’ she received while trying to get health insurance for her family. (Watch the video here) Shannon is a stay at home mom. Her husband is self employed as a realtor. She did bring up some good points about health care and insurance. What wasn’t said in the interview was why she is having problems getting insurance through the exchange. First, she was told that her children weren’t American citizens. Which is strange. Both parents are natural born citizens of the United States. All 5 children were born at the same hospital in the state of Michigan. If I remember my amendments correctly, the 14th amendment says they are American citizens. Then Shannon was informed by the navigator that according to the U.S. Government, that her and her husband reside in Ohio and the children reside in Michigan. That’s why she can’t get insurance. Interesting. Since Shannon and her husband have lived in the state of Michigan their whole lives. That’s not even the best part people! After all the glitches on the ACA/Obamacare side of this, Shannon was told she has to wait 1 YEAR before reapplying!
They screwed up! Now her and her family have to pay. Part that their original insurance was cancelled, part that they can’t get new insurance, and part that they are now subject to pay the fine. She did her part. She did everything right and she is still being punished. This is not the America people dreamt about. This not what any war was fought for. This is where the line needs to be drawn. We need to take our stand. We need to be united and fight back against this injustice.