Obama’s Care vs Obamacare

Friday afternoon, it was reported through the media that Pres. Obama was seen at Walter Reed Hospital health system for sore throat complaint for two weeks. Interestingly enough, despite advocating for, lying about, and forcing Obamacare ACA, so called healthcare reform on our nation, he continues to have private “Cadillac plan” health insurance completely paid for by taxpayers. As per the reports, within a half hour timeframe, he had a consultation and multiple tests. He was said to have an ENT specialist consultation($300), nasolaryngoscopy($300), and a neck CT scan($800). All this resulted in a diagnosis of GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Let’s break this work down as if he had Obamacare ACA compliant, high cost, high deductible insurance. Since he would have Obamacare, chances are he couldn’t keep his regular doctor as they use narrow networks for cost control. After he found another doctor that was in his insurance network and compliant with the plan, he could get an appointment with his family physician or internal medicine physician within a couple of weeks. With Obamacare compliant plans, they act like managed care HMOs and require a primary care visit prior to specialist referrals. Pres. Obama’s direct access to a specialist ENT physician, would have been uncovered and out of the question. Because it was a symptom or disease based complaint visit, it would have been applied to his deductible and he would have had to pay.

Further, he had a nasal laryngoscopy procedure in the office at the same time. With Obamacare compliant plans, it would not have been able to be done the same visit as they require precertification; an insurance mandated procedure where the primary care physician must follow an appeal process to get insurance to consider coverage. A follow-up visit would then be required to do the procedure and billed for another consultation.

Furthermore, the president had a neck CT scan which is an expensive high-tech procedure using radiation to form images and read by a radiologist. This procedure also would not have been immediately covered by Obamacare compliant plans, and would have required precertification and would have been subject to a large deductible.

Last of all, all the care and expensive special studies would have been applied to his deductible. Pres. Obama would have received a bill for as much as $1,400 for the overblown and overpriced work up. Then the phone call complaints to his insurance company, doctors, and Congress people would begin.

All in all, the president’s specialist consult and two expensive high-tech procedures would likely not have been done for paid for if he had Obamacare compliant health insurance. Like the rest of us, he would have likely waited to see his primary care physician till an appointment was available for someone with his Obamacare compliant health insurance. His eight minute exam yielding the same diagnosis of GERD would have resulted in his doctor giving lifestyle advice like quitting his smoking addiction and his use of coffee and other acid provoking habits. Perhaps, he may have also been given a trial of an acid reducing medicine as he likely was after his expensive and Obamacare uncompensated work up.

It is time that the citizens of our country stop allowing the elected and appointed leadership to act like royalty with different laws and benefits applying to them exclusively at the burden of the taxpaying public. Obamacare ACA must be completely repealed in the new year by the new Congress the people elected to do so. Then, and only then, can all parties including physicians and patients this time, come to the table to provide free market competitive healthcare options that patients can freely choose of their own accord, with their own value systems, and directly pay for accordingly.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
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A win for physicians in battle against FSMB

Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward, DO reports:

Friday at ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), my model legislation [co-sponsored by AAPS] opposing participation in the FSMB’s Compact passed unanimously through the Health and Human Services Task Force.

This resolution calls for all states to avoid any involvement with the Federation of State Medical Board’s Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Tell your state legislators about this model legislation! CLICK here for background and full text.



Time for Physicians to Promote Alternative to ObamaCare

Guest Post from Nick Pandelidis, MD:

We, physicians, are at a uniquely opportune time to offer an alternative health care reform to ObamaCare. First and foremost, people have come to see that the Affordable Care Act has made insurance unaffordable for many people. The individuals/families in the individual insurance market learned firsthand that the President’s promise that “If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance” was a blatant lie. The American people more generally have witnessed the incompetence of government in the inept rolling out of ObamaCare and in the care of our military veterans.

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Pres. Obama sore throat cost more than $1000?

President Obama’s sore throat
$300 ENT OV
$300 nasolaryngoscopy
$800 neck CT
No HMO #Medicaid #Obamacare here!
Did his CT need precertification?
Is the IRS taxing his Cadillac insurance plan?
Anyone else only gets $99 office visit.
Dx: Acid reflux – GERD

Online Ratings Not Associated with Quality, Claims ABIM

Dr. Paul Kempen writes in with an expose on the latest self-serving “research” from the ABIM:

In spite of three main authors writing this we also read this nonsense-this is a paid ad for the ABIM brand of attestation which incidentally was used as the “standard.” Time to write some letters!

Study concept and design: Gray, Gao,McCullough, Lipner.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.

Drafting of the manuscript: Gray, Vandergrift, McCullough, Lipner.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.

Statistical analysis: Gray, Vandergrift, McCullough, Lipner.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Vandergrift, Gao, Lipner.
Study supervision: Gray, Lipner.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Gray and Lipner and Mr Vandergrift are
paid employees at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Funding/Support: The American Board of Internal Medicine provided financial
and material support for this study. This study was partially supported by
National Science Foundation Career Award 1254021 (Dr Gao).

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The American Board of Internal Medicine had no
role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis,
and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the
manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

Our duty as citizens, taxpayers and physicians

It was ultimately irresponsible of our Congress Democrats and president Obama and his entire administration to enact a flagrantly complex socialist and crony capitalist Obamacare law against the will of the American people and its physicians.

It is our duty as citizens, taxpayers and physicians to resist its implementation until it can be completely repealed en masse. Competitive free market healthcare HealthFreedom will fill the void with success.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO

Mega-hospitals contribute to high health costs – Reporter.net: Opinion

MUHC-SuperhospitalThe Indiana Policy Review recently compared the bill for a hernia operation at an Indianapolis hospital with the price for the same procedure advertised online by a small entrepreneurial surgery center in Oklahoma. The Indiana hospital received $21,112.81 from the patient and his insurance company. The surgery could have been performed for 85 percent less in Oklahoma. What’s more, the patient would have been guaranteed the price before surgery.

via Mega-hospitals contribute to high health costs – Reporter.net: Opinion.

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