Just Don’t Let the Doctors Tell the Patients!!

At first, it started with the Dems vilifying the insurance sector.  And what happened when the insurance companies started to send letters to their policy holders?  The Dems went after them for trying to “scare” everyone.  (Never mind we’re talking about a business wanting to share information with its customers).  So the insurance industry backed down.

Next, major corporations like AT&T and Verizon reported to their stock holders the one-time charge which would need to be posted to their P&L sheet, because of the loss of the tax credit.  And the Dems response?  Summon those execs and demand they explain how the analysists Congress used were wrong when they said this would not happen.  Never mind any Accounting student can explain it.  The basic message: shut up…. or else.

So…who’s next for wanting to speak up?  How about Dr Jack Cassel over there in Mount Dora Florida?  Seems, he’s  a Urologist who has taken a bit of time to read the bill, and doesn’ like the handwriting on the wall.

“I came across  the timeline for implementation of Obamacare and I got a little discouraged when I got to next year when I found that most of the ancillary services and nursing homes and diagnostic imaging, all these things start to fade away.”

And what did he think about all of this?

“I felt that my patients really needed to know about this.”

So, now we have Rep. Alan Grayson, who plans to file a complaint with the authorities.  Seems he is afraid the doctor’s actions will cause people to miss out on critical care. 

You know what I think he’s really afraid of?  A particular pile of literature the good doctor likes to make available.  Under a sign that reads:

“This is what the morons in Washington have done to your health care.  Take one, read it and vote out anyone who voted for it.”

What does the state of Florida have to say about it?

“There is no law prohibiting Cassel from advertising this way.  Because there is no statute, there would be no grounds for a complaint.”

What do other legal experts have to say?

“Civil rights protection can prevent patient discrimination.  But the law only provides for race, gender, religion, sexual oritentation, and disability — not political orientation.”

Not that something like that would derail the Congressman from being upset.  In fact, he even shares an intersting observation.  Too bad it applies to others, and not to himself and his collegues, when it comes to “transparency”, or being “truthful about the full cost” of their reform bill.

“He’s trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation.  But this is pushing the limit.”

No, Congressman… if anything is pushing the limit, it’s your Reform bill.  Pushing the limit on being able to provide quality care.  Pushing the limit on doctors still being available.  Pushing the limits on bankrupting this country.

Old-Man-Tex

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