Thursday, September 22, 2011

The nightmare of Obamacare

About a week ago I woke up one night with pain in my upper abdomen. When it wouldn't go away I went to the emergency room. After a series of tests they told me what they thought the problem was and said that in some cases the problem goes away on its own. If it didn't go away, they said I would need surgery. They admitted me to the hospital for observation.

By the middle of the next day I was in such excruciating pain that I would have preferred to die. The surgeon said that the tests did not indicate that I should be in that much pain, but since I was obviously in extreme pain, he took me in to surgery saying that he may not find anything.

It turns out that the problem was obvious and he was able to fix it (I am recovering well, thank you).

That got me to thinking. What if Obamacare had been fully implemented? What if my test results were forwarded up the line to some bureaucrat who determined that I really shouldn't be in that much pain and therefore, the bureaucrat would  not authorize the surgery?

In other words, what if the surgery decision had been taken out of the hands of my surgeon? I could have been left suffering unbearably excruciating pain just because some bureaucrat didn't think my test results justified surgery!

Obamacare is a nightmare!

3 comments:

Kevin said...

I agree. Herman Cain said as much in tonight's Republican Presidential Candidate Debate.

professor ed said...

I work for a state university that offers state-run healthcare. Recently one of my specialist doctors, that I must see periodically, prescribed a medicine for me, that is not available in any generic form. My state insurance denied coveraage of the prescription, until my doctor wrote a letter explaining whey I needed this particular pill. Only then did the state insucance agree to partially cover 5 pills a month for 1 year. If this is "state care" I shudder to think what it would be like on the Federal level. And let us not forget all of the folk for which our esteemed president is writing exemptions to Obamacare for.

Phil said...

Now, substitute the word "facebook" for the phrase, "health care (or any other government program that provides something for 'free'" and consider this:

http://failbook.failblog.org/2011/09/26/funny-facebook-fails-oinkonomics/comment-page-1/#comment-414211