Constructed by progressives who seek socialized medicine and control over 1/6 of the US economy and passed against the will of the people through legislative chicanery amidst single party control of the House, Senate, and White House, Obamacare is now the “law of the land”. The law is the manifesto for the promised “fundamental transformation” of the United States of America. Obamacare destroys the patient-physician relationship and defiles the Hippocratic Oath by inserting government bureaucrats and political operatives as voyeuristic intermediaries and callous controllers.
As a physician, I have been distraught over this travesty and have vowed to not participate in the Obamacare exchange. I am not alone. A November 2013 Jackson and Coker survey of 3000 physicians showed that 44% of physicians say they will not participate in the Obamacare exchange. There are about 800,000 practicing physicians in the US, and if almost half of us refuse to participate, Obamacare is nothing but a punitive tax, a false promise, and a VA-style dead-end waiting list.
In a March 4, 2014 interview promoting his new book, Reinventing American Healthcare, with Bill O’Reilly, ObamaCare architect Ezekiel Emanuel said that doctors won’t opt out of the exchange. “It’s not doctors who participate in the exchange, it’s insurance companies who participate in the exchange,” Emanuel curtly stated. He then revealed that the central planners think they’ve got us doctors by the orbs, crowing: “The doctors will take who’s in the exchange, because they have to.” Translation: the government-insurance company syndicate now controls the patients and the doctors.
Patients and doctors have no choice in this. We are powerless. Here is how this is playing out in the real world trenches of medical practice. Aetna and BlueCross Blue Shield of Texas both advertise me as a “ provider” on the federal healthcare exchange. They do this without my permission or consent or even notice. Neither company has my permission to appropriate my name or likeness for this purpose. I have never contracted with either company or consented to see any subscriber of theirs with a policy purchased through healthcare.gov.
To meet requirements to be deemed a “Qualified Health Plan”, an insurance company must have a certain number of contracted providers listed. To attract new customers a company must list respected, experienced, established physicians such as me.These government-colluding, patient-betraying companies are listing me as a provider for their personal financial gain against my will, in violation of my personally held beliefs, and to the detriment of the American and Texan patients they profess to serve.
I insisted they remove my name from the Federal healthcare exchange immediately. This has not been done. I am stonewalled. I am powerless, while the Aetna CEO’s salary has increased from $17M to $30M peddling the promise of my colleagues and my services.
Insurers need physicians, but physicians are not indentured servants whose labor may be compelled.
The red line is, patients need physicians. Obamacare and its government-insurance syndicate are destroying millions of patient-physician relationships, millions of lives.
I am a physician. I am fighting to continue to see my patients with non-ACA plans. However, I will not allow my name, likeness, services, and reputation to be used in connection with the marketing of ACA plans.
I am a patient. I am fighting to see my doctors without government intrusion into the most intimate, sacred aspect of my life. My own non-ACA insurance plan does not cover out of network providers whatsoever. I am fortunate to pay out of pocket to keep my doctors so far, but what if my cancer recurs?
I trust my doctors. I trust my patients, and they trust me. I do not trust the government-insurance syndicate, Obamacare operatives, or the Obamacare enforcers, the IRS.
I am an individual American fighting for the ability to practice my profession freely, fighting to keep my patients, fighting to keep my doctors, fighting to restore trust, fighting to secure our blessings of liberty, fighting for our very lives.
Will you fight with me?
Kris Held MD is an ophthalmologist in private practice. You can follow Dr. Held on Twitter@kksheld
Cross posted from KrisHeldMD.wordpress.com
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