25% Increase


Obamacare is blowing up…and that is a good thing. We need to fan the flames and get rid of this monstrous tax that tries to disguise itself as healthcare.  Health insurance, even affordable health insurance, is not health care.  Obamacare was never affordable. Now it is even less affordable.  I had a patient today say he is dropping his health insurance altogether.  Why?  His rate went from around $400 a month to almost $1000. For himself!

Can we please have an honest look at a better way.  The health ministries are flourishing and people seem very happy with them.  Why can’t we learn from them?

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] 

  9 comments for “25% Increase

  1. Bill Ameen MD
    October 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    My 63-year-old wife’s BCBS is going up to over $1,000/mo. I forced her to retire before I did in 2014 because the hospital was making her life miserable (now since the hospital was sold all the bitches who made her life miserable were fired)…I have Blue Medicare, so I pay 64.40/mo for Part D and don’t even take any Rx. I can see the meaning behind forcing people to have insurance…it helps public hospitals defray their losses, which are everything from overpaid staff doctors and CEOs to paying for unreimbursed care for gunshot wounds and overdoses in this huge Third World country the US has mutated into. But involving the damned insurance companies without brakes on premium increases was a huge mistake, because those bastards NEVER let themselves lose money. Free health care probably won’t work because stupid Americans need some skin in the game to keep from abusing it (increasing tax rate to 47% would pay for it, but as long 57% of every dollar goes to military spending that can’t happen). Meanwhile, in retirement I”m going to Charlottesville for the film festival next week and eat at C&O and Bodo’s!

  2. Sir Hakum of Hugo
    October 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Yes, but you will have to go to some doctor 30 miles away who has agreed to accept the pennies on the dollar reimbursements from the Obama-plans.

    My office is a rural health clinic, so we get the Medicaid from 4 surrounding more affluent counties and our poor home rural county as well.

    And yes, Mr. O’bummer, those on these plans tend to be sicker with multiple co-morbidities and poor health practices and limited family-economic resources.

    Even if Obama-plans paid well, the time spent per patient would far outstrip the financial reward.

    Time to go back to the drawing board.

    Hey, with a single payer we could all unionize. Imagine saying…. “Hey Mr. Administrator, don’t talk to me about patient satisfaction scores, you need to talk to my Union shop steward….” The chance to say that would almost be worth the foray into a single payer system.

    • Sir Hakum of Hugo
      October 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

      This is supposed to be a reply to Pat down below….

  3. October 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Now you do realize that the whole system is broken and Obamacare just failed to fix it, right? Repealing Obamacare won’t do shit.

    • Doug Farrago
      October 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Yes it will. Major medical. Pure catastrophic plans. Nothing else. Let people shop around but give them an affordable catastrophic safety net.

    • Pat
      October 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

      If you have a ‘low oil pressure’ light, do you pour sand in the gas tank?

      • Sir Hakum of Hugo
        October 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

        The government needs to do a study on that procedure, assign it an RVU value, an ICD-10 code, but you will still need prior authorization to actually get sand after the $10,000 dollar deductible has been paid by the car owner.

        • Pat
          October 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm


  4. Pat
    October 26, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Don’t sweat it, we’ll all get subsidies for the increased premiums.

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