Standing Up

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I found this article, which I found kind of interesting.  It is about this female doctor who wrote a letter to Aetna terminating her agreement with them.  Here is a sentence:

“Obamacare, the ‘law of the land,’ contains ever-changing-at-the-whim-of-HHS, politically expedient mandates, rewards, penalties, rules and regulations with which I cannot rationally or morally treat my patients and run a practice, much-less interpret, implement, or comply.”

Was she brave?  Maybe.  But she is wrong about Obamacare.  It may contain the problems mentioned above but they were being forced down our throat for years and WE let it happen.

The website is very right wing so I couldn’t palate all of it. The issue is that we should all walk at one time and let these idiots figure out how to get their clients treated.  That is all the power we have left.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Standing Up

  1. Pat
    February 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    It’s always fun to witness selective moral outrage. I wonder whether the author has ever described Medicare/Medicaid in similarly excoriating terms? Establishment “right-wingers” and most U.S. doctors discredit themselves by pretending that government medicine may be “preserved and strengthened” while maintaining a “free” insurance market. The market is not free, and the socialist systems are ruining the economy. Whether someone is adding an additional ROS to upcode to a level 4, adjusting the paperwork to meet an Aetna pre-cert for an MRI, or ordering an approved CMS “core measures” antibiotic instead of that indicated by the sputum culture, makes little difference.

    The large insurance companies might have been evil enough on their own, but could have been held in check by the market. However, becoming allied with the power of big government added their corporate power to the critical mass of corruption, and Big Insurance will progressively become the henchman for CMS.

    ObamaCare is only an acceleration of very, very bad ideas implemented in 1965. The article is correct in noting that the goal of the statists is, as it has been for over 40 years, social control. The doctors of that day are the biggest villains of all in this tragedy. They acceded to a loss of moral authority that has since corrupted virtually every one of us.

  2. R Watkins
    February 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’ve never been an AMA member, but they’ve been sending me JAMA for the last decade.

    Here’s the summary, a great study with controls:

    http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832540

    Absolutely devastating.

  3. Jay Cooperman
    February 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    That’s the only power we’ve ever had, and to wield that power is precluded by antitrust laws. The only other option is concierge medicine, where we take insurance companies out of the equation.

  4. R Watkins
    February 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Agree. This is just business as usual for CMS and the insurers, and we can’t say it started with Obamacare. Look forward to your comments on the JAMA take-down of the PCMH.

    • Doug Farrago
      February 26, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Where is that JAMA take-down? Is there a link?

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