I won’t even mention Obama, except to say “fuck that charismatic sell-out punk and the whores he rode in on.” I buy my health insurance through the New York State exchange under the immensely complicated compromise scheme crafted under his watch. I suffer from a serious kidney disease. I am unable to get an appointment with a recommended nephrologist who accepts my insurance plan, one of fifty or more sub-plans offered by the corporation that provides my health insurance.
The insurance company has now listed three doctors, each one highly recommended, as participating in my specific plan. You call and eventually find out, oops, devil is in the details, they don’t actually participate. The insurance company blames the providers for not keeping them updated. I blame corporate medicine for fucking people to death with a tireless mechanical dick. In fairness to them, there is no regulation of their practices, so why blame them for taking advantage?
Nothing I can write here will ease my frustration or rage one bit. I might as well bang my face against the wall until I black out. That is probably a better bet than anything else I can do at the moment.
I just note for the, hahaha, record, that the theory of Obamacare is that doctors are fungible, interchangeable, any doctor is as good as any other doctor. Relationships between doctors and patients, and trust, are irrelevant. Better to pick a name out of a hat and see a doctor than to have no doctor at all, goes the theory. Sometimes that goes badly, as when a doctor does not believe in sharing diagnostic information with a patient with too many questions. “I am expert,” says the doctor, “you deal with side effects from chemo,” and that should be answer enough. You want another doctor? Dip your hand back into the hat, motherfucker, maybe you’ll do better this time.
Or maybe you will run full force into a wall, over and over again, until you lose consciousness. That is probably a better bet for you today. Have a nice day, your business is very important to us, please continue to hold.