Recently while traveling to the airport in Washington DC I listened to talk radio WCBN. Dr. Betsy McCaughey was being interviewed about section 2716 of President Obama’s much-dreaded health care act and the personal provisions therein.
For those not familiar with the works of Dr. McCaughey, she came to public light in September 1993 when The Wall Street Journal published her scathing response to President Clinton’s televised presentation of his National healthcare plan. She went into painstaking details about the plan that First Lady Hillary had designed and constructed, citing words and phrases from the draft. Regarding the original “Hillarycare” plan, Dr. McCaughey argued that the 77 percent of Americans then covered by insurance would see a downgrade in their policies. Most would not be able to keep their own physicians and would be forced into price-controlled Health maintenance organizations (HMOs), which would provide only the most basic of care. According to McCaughey, the HMO plans would not pay for visits to specialists or for second opinions, and most physicians would be driven out of private practice.
Dr. McCaughey was correct then about Clinton’s vision for healthcare and is even more so now when dissecting the facts and repercussions written in the verbiage of the Obamacare disaster plan.
During Dr. McCaughey’s interview on WCBN, she warned the public about the actual consequences of section 2716 in the Affordable Care Act. This provision requires Physicians to submit personal information obtained on citizens to the government via the Office of the National Coordinator for Health. In a nutshell, when you go to the doctors your personal information and medical history will no longer be private under Obamacare. This sensitive information is considered government property for your own wellbeing. All of this unprecedented intrusion into our private lives is under the guise of being for our own good and the betterment of the whole.
Basically, President Barack H. Obama does not have a mandate; he is out in Left field regarding Obamacare and is forcing this fiscally impossible nationwide health program on us. Recently he was going around to different Universities trying to reach out to youth—the inexperienced and often naive portion of the population–trying to get someone to believe him and his health plan. Instead, he came across as stumping for electoral votes. Conservative analysts, history teachers and political pundits have been saying it for years and it has certainly come to fruition: this President is making President Jimmy Carter’s legacy look conservative. It appears that this sentiment is spreading deep and wide through the streets of this country, with his latest approval ratings dropping to 43%.
On a personal note, I have this to say to our historical leader: Mr. President, I do not want my intimate information before the eyes of the government, even if it were for the “greater good”. I know you think of us as stubborn and selfish conservatives, caring only about ourselves, but you’re wrong. The government intruding into our private lives is what the settlers from England came over here to escape from! The government almost always leads us to trouble; it is never for the good of the greater whole. If ever there was an expression befitting the United States Government, it is always “less is more”.
“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski regarding section 2716 of Obamacare. He called the sex questions being asked “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.
The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But telling these things to our government is entirely different. Doctors and hospitals that don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments. Starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
What Dr. Betsy McCaughey advises us to do regarding section 2716–now and moving forward–is to answer “none of your business” to invasive medical questions.
When I go to my doctor, I will no longer fill out any medical forms. I will only discuss my information face to face with my doctor. I will not give any type of physician any personal information that he will be able to pass on to the government.
Bottom line here is do not put anything private in writing and teach your children to memorize the phrase “it is none of your business”, too.
Maybe the President should think of becoming even more historical and resign because he simply cannot handle the job. I know…this leaves us with Biden. That used to be a scary thought but not anymore.
I say give ‘ol Joe a chance; he can’t possibly be any worse than this Commander in Chief…