President Obama, don’t even try it. If you think that eliminating the public health option would enhance healthcare reform, please think again. There IS no reform without the public health option despite the deceit and spin. First you eliminate the single-payer plan, then the universal health plan and now Secretary Sebelius states that the public health option “is not essential”? This is where we draw the proverbial line. I stand in full support of Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Nancy Pelosi who are adamant about maintaining the public health option. You have no idea what it’s like to practice medicine with one hand tied behind your back.
I had to contact a hospital administrator prior to leaving for vacation a few weeks back because one of the radiology technicians refused to give my patient an ultrasound. My order allegedly did not have a diagnosis (which in fact, it did) and the order was not “dated” so (God forbid), the hospital might not get paid. When the billing codes takes precedence over patient care and technicians are practicing medicine without licenses, you know that our healthcare system is in deep trouble. This was not the first time that I had to contend with the technician’s overreaching behavior so I have opted to send my patients to the hospital’s competitor.
Having recently celebrated yet another year added to my life, I’ve come to the conclusion that despite our best efforts, there will be people who will never like you. Therefore accept it and move on. Hillary and Bill buckled under pressure of the insurance lobbyists thirteen years ago and look at the mess we’re in.
Sometimes you may have to rock the boat to shift the course of progress but fear not, Mr. President. We’ll be in that boat right beside you.