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A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

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Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the “free stuff” it provides. Children covered on their parents’ plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults — excuse me, children — pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the “annual ” or “preventative” exam, which according to Obamacare is “free.”

You gotta love this stuff. I wish I had the chutzpah of the people who wrote Obamacare. What they did not tell you, and I am, is that it covers absolutely nothing more than the bare minimum.

I have now posted a notice in my office and each exam room stating exactly what Obamacare will cover for those yearly visits. Remember Obama promised this as a free exam — no co-pay, no deductible, no charge. That’s fine and dandy if you are healthy and have no complaints. However, we are obligated by law to code specifically for the reason of the visit. An annual exam is one specific code; you can not mix this with another code, say, for rectal bleeding. This annual visit covers the exam and “discussion about the status of previously diagnosed stable conditions.” That’s the exact wording under that code — insurance will not cover any new ailment under that code.

If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code — that’s illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.

You, the patient, will then have to make a decision.

Do you want your “free” yearly exam, or do you want to pay for a visit which is coded for a particular, new problem? You can have my “free” exam if you only discuss what Obamacare wants me to discuss.


h/t   Groucho Marxist


  1. Houston

    November 26th, 2012

    I wonder how long it will take all the Obama lovers to realize nothing is free?


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  2. Dr. Tar

    November 26th, 2012

    @Cardigan thanks for the article. Please keep posting anything and everything you see that has to do with how Obamacare is a disaster for the average patient. I have an idea for a book and this type of material is perfect.

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  3. Dan Ryan Galt

    November 26th, 2012

    Glad (?) I had my triple bypass 6 years ago because at my age now, I’d be given the green pill and told to suck it up.

    This post is going to all my friends, especially the Libs along with this op-ed from Pravda:

    “Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them…
    He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

    “illiterate society”…Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

    Stay healthy my friends!

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  4. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 26th, 2012

    Here is the link to that Pravda piece. It is so DEAD-on target, that it’s sickening.


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  5. Houston

    November 26th, 2012

    @Dan and @Stirrin’

    Holy crap. What a mindF**K!

    I never thought I would say this as I figured Medvedev and Putin were just thugs looking to bring the old Soviet Union back to power, but what if they are the good guys in this f-ed up world?

    The Russians rattling sabers because for the first time the United States is the actual aggressor. Destabilizing the Middle East and Africa the way the Soviets did in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.

    I take it with a grain of salt (obviously Russia has a long history of being full of it), but sadly I cannot set aside that we know Obama is a liar. The world has truly gone mad when a Russian speaks of sound economic policies while the American President pushes fiscal insanity.

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  6. Dan Ryan Galt

    November 26th, 2012

    Thanks for that link Strrin, I hadn’t read the whole piece.

    We are truly living in Bizarro World World.

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  7. Left Coast Dan

    November 26th, 2012

    Kinda reminds me of the ‘free’ credit reports. They are, but you are bombarded with sales pitches to spend money.

    Like Dr. Tar says, we need to keep a constant stream of stories about Obamacare, fiscal irresponsibility etc. for as long as it takes to replace the current ‘leadership’ with one that will actually fix things.

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  8. Sarge

    November 26th, 2012

    I visit my doctor every six months for refills on my prescriptions. The last one was labeled my annual as usual I paid my co pay of $20 but it was returned by Medicare then I was billed $47 by the doctors office because I asked for a medication to stop smoking.

    Precaution asking questions on your annual visit could be hazardous to your wallet.

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  9. Rick

    November 26th, 2012

    Who’da thought we’d ever have to go to Pravda for the straight skinny?

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  10. Timwi

    November 26th, 2012

    So, what is everyone going to respond when queried the official Fed questions by their MD?

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  11. Steaming Pyle

    November 26th, 2012

    It’s simple really…..don’t get sick…..but if you do, just get out your checkbook or die quickly. No problemo. Isn’t it fun to now be finding out “what’s in it” after Congress passed the bill without reading it!!!??

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  12. Sarge

    November 26th, 2012

    Strange isn’t it that the members of congress don’t participate in this experiment.

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  13. Mountain Dog

    November 26th, 2012

    Great article. It took the largest team of demon-possessed lawyers ever united to write 0bamacare.

    0bamacare is Total Control in the making.

    The Pravda article is right on the money.

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  14. Dr Tar

    November 26th, 2012

    @Stirrin’ thanks for the Pravda link. Its bone chilling to say the least. There a whole ha, ha, ha now its your turn to have the communist destroy your country feel to the whole thing.

    So if you talk like a commie and you act like a commie and Prvada calls you a commie, you sir are a Red from head to toe.

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