I follow pediatrician Dr. Niran Al-Agba, pictured here, on Twitter (Twitter handle – MommyDoc, @silverdalepeds), and I also receive email notifications whenever she adds a new post to her blog. I believe that the post I am linking to here on my blog is VERY important for people (and our national leaders) to know because it explains one of several drivers of high costs for health care, so I decided to go ahead and do something that was already suggested to me for my blog – establish an “Expert Posts” category where I will post links to blog posts and articles I feel strongly moved to share outside of the customary source linking I do for my posts.
In many of my posts, I complain about the way our Congress and President (not to mention the Congressional Budget Office and media) harp about how people will or will not be “covered” for receiving medical care. This outlook ASSUMES that it is just too darn expensive for the “average Joe” to just pay cash for his visit to the doctor or surgery. The ultimate irony is that plans within the Obamacare exchanges require quite a bit of out-of-pocket expense anyway – high premiums, deductibles, plus co-insurance, etc. Forking out all this money does not constitute my idea of “coverage.”
Congress and President Trump are both apparently revisiting the issue of repealing and replacing Obamacare. And I say, “Good!”
Update on the video interview I previously linked here: Apparently it has been removed from YouTube. I tweeted Tucker Carlson to find out why. I hope he actually answers. I have this fear that there may have been some crony insurance company/health care system pressure on Fox News to remove it, or maybe the copyright really did just run out, which is the original claim when I looked into it. It’s weird though. In all this time I have been posting videos and articles on different platforms, I don’t remember seeing one disappear. This is definitely a first for me.
I have discussed a couple of facets of the ride on which Americans are being taken as they have had the impression drilled into them that non-profit hospitals are these innocuous, charitable, caring organizations dedicated to the health of their patients and surrounding communities. I believe that many of the people who work in these facilities – doctors, nurses, radiology technicians, etc. – ARE truly dedicated to helping to restore health to the patients for whom they are caring. It’s the leadership of these facilities that, I would contend, have less than ideal motivations. And if their motivations are so altruistic why are they content to feed at the tax-exempt public trough while overcharging patients?