Loopholes, Liars and Hypocrites

Please read this opinion piece in the NY Times so you may see a true example of hypocrisy.   The freelance journalist, who supported Obamacare, just can’t afford it (no sh#t).  Now she is looking for what she calls a “loophole” where it would require her to “lie” about her beliefs to save $8000 a year.  She begins her piece pointing out all the things that went wrong with the Affordable Care Act (rising premiums, rising deductibles, narrow network of doctors, etc) but yet still loves it. She just doesn’t want to pay for it anymore because her “quality of life has declined under” it.

Anyone see an issue with this piece already?  She loves Obamacare as LONG AS SOMEONE ELSE is paying for it!

She then goes on to discuss Direct Primary Care:

I could, for instance, join a local membership-based primary care provider clinic — around $200 a month for a family of three — and combine it with a similarly priced catastrophic-coverage plan. But these options still leave gaps in your coverage, and subject you to a fine for not carrying proper insurance — up to 2.5 percent of your adjusted gross income.

The author is actually wrong here.  First, if she could find a catastrophic-coverage plan and combine it with a DPC clinic she would NOT get a penalty.  That provision is in the ACA.  The problem is there are NO catastrophic plans offered for her age/income.  Thanks again, Obamacare!

She then goes on to talk about the health ministry plans.  They exclude you from the penalty and actually act as a high deductible, catastrophic plan.  In my practice, I only hear complaints about the insurance companies but no one ever complains about the health ministries.  That should tell you something. The problem, as the author points out, is that she has to agree with their faith based principles and she just couldn’t do it.  I get it.   What I don’t get is her utter arrogance.  She states that “for those on the religious right, their beliefs grant them exemption from federal law, and access to decent affordable health care. Unfortunately, there’s no such loophole for clean-living, charitable nonbelievers.”  Really?  Then why didn’t you and your cronies carve out a “clean-living, charitable nonbeliever” exclusion?   I will tell you why.  Because you felt Obamacare was so great and believed the lies told to you by the President and his minions (“If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”, “Affordable..affordable…affordable..affordable…”).  You fell under his spell and charm hook, line and sinker.

So, what is her answer?  Here is how she ended her piece:

As Republicans grapple with the Affordable Care Act, it would be wise for them to keep in mind that, like it or not, America is composed of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs. The answer is not to repeal the law, which could result in more than 23 million Americans losing their coverage. The answer is to find solutions that allow all working families to find affordable health care that doesn’t demand choosing between their ethics and their ability to provide for their children.

Is she now on record stating that she supports a new law where there are catastrophic options similar to the health ministries plans as long as it is not religious?  I sure hope so because this is called the free market.  Health insurance is NOT health care.   We all need some safety net (catastrophic plans) but that is all. Let Americans, who are the best shoppers in the world, bring the prices down.

My guess, however, is that as soon as a free market solution is offered she change her mind again and writes another “heartfelt” piece telling us all how evil the plan is.  Why?   Because that is what hypocrites do.


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 “Loopholes, Liars and Hypocrites

  1. Pat
    December 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Some claim that human cloning is not yet widespread, but The NY Times proves otherwise.

  2. Steve O'
    December 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I gotta say, I’m inspired to hear the Noble Truth – “Health insurance is NOT health care!” It’s not. Giving surface-to-air missiles to cops is not making policing any easier, but the tough-on-crime people can say it is. It’s not what you fix, is how you bury it.
    My fave is hearing about how dismantling Obamacare will lead to cost savings from eliminating waste. Although that’s much more believable than the root-toot-tooting we’ve been hearing from the parade over the last couple of years about how Obamacare will lead to cost savings from eliminating waste, methinks that “waste” in Washingtonspeak refers to “labor prices.” “Doctors and nurses,” in short.
    Single-payer can still be finagled – Washington provides the rules, the insurance companies provide the money. It’s just a cousin of the Military-Industrial process, “free market plus government.”
    You know what gives me the creeps? More than one patient of mine has mentioned that in the ancient world, (some) doctors were slaves. And they aren’t doing it with any sort of moral loathing, either. Maybe that’s a trick up the sleeve of the HHS. “Cuban doctors have been forced to migrate to Sierra Leone and Guinea to work, which (she) described as a type of human trafficking. If they refuse, their families are threatened as their precious state jobs are cut off and their children are denied admission to the nation’s few state-run universities, (she) alleges.” (ref. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, Wall Street Journal) I’m not betting on the 13th Amendment to save us, either.
    [n.b. see also http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/12/slave-doctors-for-capitalism/%5D

  3. HJR
    December 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I like how they’ve closed the comments down.

  4. December 12, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Spectacular Doug!!!!!!

  5. Thomas Guastavino
    December 12, 2016 at 7:35 am

    The main stream media has become the George Costanza of the information world. Listen to what they say and you can rest assured that the exact opposite is true. In a sense they have actually become quite a reliable source of information.

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