May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies (Voltaire)

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The email pictured, from People’s Action Institute, starts with the line, “Republicans are afraid of us,” and then goes on to demand that Tom Price not be nominated (due to his “insider status” with pharmaceutical companies). This was sent to me on or about February 9, 2017.
 
I’m not sure exactly what they’re referring to (his stock purchases perhaps?). Regardless, please note that this man is an orthopaedic surgeon and so he is a medical provider. He spent more than 20 years caring for patients in Atlanta, and founded one one of the largest private orthopaedic practices in the country. He makes very clear in his bio that he is “a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending.”
 
This cannot mean that he is opposed to healthcare (he provided it after all). The email sent to me by PAI asserts that he and other Republicans “want to dismantle the health care programs our families count on, from Medicaid and Medicare to the Affordable Care Act. Their haphazard plans are already threatening chaos for all of us.”
 
THEIR haphazard plans threatening chaos??!! Now that’s the pot calling the kettle black. I’ve seen the chaos of Medicaid in New York State. I’ve seen patients unable to get needed medicines. I’ve seen providers not get paid for over six months for their services by Medicare. I’ve been left personally hung out to dry by Obamacare as both a provider and a patient. The Dems are behaving as if we don’t already have chaos. It is dishonest and misleading.
 
It’s not clear to me that having the government AND health insurers in the doctor’s office is a GOOD thing and it shouldn’t be taken for granted that it is. Pray protect us from our protectors!
 
I received a very good taste of the extent to which the Democratic Party was willing to hang sole proprietors and individuals out to dry, leaving us flapping in the wind without any doctors while we were sick, and when we asked for help because we NEEDED it, many Dems viciously attacked patients like myself. Because how dare we say we’re in trouble, ask for help and even more, how DARE we complain about falling through the cracks?
 
This has led me to question the Liberal agenda in regard to healthcare, and to wonder if perhaps socialized medicine just isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Demonizing a man because he does not agree with the Liberal position, demonizing him because he is concerned for the legitimate rights of patients (rights that have, by the way, been abrogated by government interference), demonizing him because he believes that providers have rights, and demonizing him because, perhaps, just perhaps, he might be right that government interference in healthcare is NOT WORKING for patients and providers, and demonizing him because he thinks he knows a better way, is just WRONG. Sad.
 
Many healthcare providers have problems with Medicaid, Medicare and Obamacare. They are the most difficult so-called “insurers” to collect from. They underpay and they put some providers out of business with their excessive demands and inadequate payments. This doesn’t appear to benefit anyone that I know.
 
So, folks, either you pay for what you want, or you don’t pay and you get what you pay for. It’s really that simple. And we’ve been getting what we pay for, or less than what we pay for, because our government can’t keep its nose out of our personal affairs. If one has a child, one has an obligation to actually pay for that child’s healthcare rather than expecting those of us who choose to remain single to subsidize their life choices (because perhaps single folk would like to spend our money on other things such as our own healthcare, something we actually have the right to do). Why should I pay for someone else’s child to have healthcare when I don’t even have it? WTFIST?!
 
I want the option of NOT having to buy on the exchange and I have a right to do so. After getting kicked off of my insurance for a month in November 2016 by our government because their website wasn’t working properly, I was done! I went without health insurance I purchased for an entire month because it took our highly efficient health department until November 30th to fix the problem. Folks, get this — it took the whole month to get back the month’s coverage and by that time, it was too friggin’ late because the month was up and during that entire time, no doctor would let me in their front door much less use the toilet. How is this a good thing??!!
 
If anyone thinks we’re better off having this leviathan manage our healthcare, they’re dead wrong. The answer cannot be either socialized medicine which essentially enslaves providers. Providers people; they are not faceless entities. They are people just like you, just like me. They work hard and they hope to adequately compensated for their hard work just like you. They are people who will, at their wit’s end, simply quit because poverty in old age really isn’t an option. Then, what will we do for healthcare with no one to deliver it?
 
There have to be other answers for those who fall through the cracks.
 
I am far from convinced that our government and in particular, our Democratic “friends,” have what it takes to solve the problems. I’m much more inclined at this point to give Tom Price a chance. I know, I know, it sounds crazy. I strongly dislike his boss, but I’m going to give Tom Price a chance.
 
We could use a medical practitioner who has experience in government and legislating rather than a bureaucrat who has no idea what he or she is doing. That was evident from the Obamacare rollout.
 
I’m talking to you as a provider and a patient and I cannot begin to tell any of you just how much I have suffered in both roles due to the Democrats. It has been a bitter, long, and lonely role, and I’ll do anything never to be placed in that position again. I refuse to accept that I am to be their sacrificial lamb and that the Dems will wave goodbye as I fall into the abyss.

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