I picked up the phone about 10:30 a.m, called my doctor's office, they told me to come on in at 4. Now how simple was that? Same day appointment. I arrived at 3:45 and was out of there by 4:15. It took me longer to get my two prescriptions filled than it took to sit in the doctor's office.
Oh I know, we've all been to the doctor and had to wait forever. I just got lucky! Everyone expects to wait a reasonable amount of time.
But, I can't help but wonder how that same experience will play as the effects of Obamacare fall into place. Assuming my doctor isn't one who chooses to retire or close his practice, as some are likely to do, how long would I have to sit and wait with the influx of new patients that will be flooding doctor's offices? How long would I have to wait for an appointment? Will I be told "You aren't really sick enough yet; call us when your fever hits 102."
Memeorandum has the story today of a doctor in Florida who has a sign on his door instructing his patients who voted for Obama to consider seeking care elsewhere. Whatever you think of his ethics, he does at least still have free speech in this country. He's not refusing to treat anybody. He's just making his patients aware of what is to come. Inside the waiting room he has flyers of the time line of changes to come.
This doctor will be vilified by some and lauded by others, but I applaud his backbone. Politico has an excerpt today from and interview with Obama by CBS in which he says
I think vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard. I want what's best for the country. They may disagree on certain policy issues but I didn't buy all the hype right after inauguration where everybody was only saying nice things about me and I don't get too worried when things aren't going as well because I know that, over time, these things turn.
Well, indeed they do turn. I think he's deluding himself as to what the "vast majority of Americans" think, though. I don't think the polls indicate that Americans support Obamacare at all. Americans most decisively did not support this particular bill. And as far as his wanting "what's best for the country," well, I'd have to question that as well.
Is what's best for this country alienating our allies and supporting our enemies? Civilian trials for terrorists? Massive new debt? Expansion of entitlement programs? Crippling energy policies like cap and trade? Is taunting and ridiculing the opposition a good thing? When Obama gloats "go for it!" to Republicans who vow to repeal Obamacare or when he says "I won" or "the election is over" - is arrogant divisiveness good for the country?
He's right about one thing - these things do turn.
So meanwhile, I'm going to take my antibiotics, be grateful for my doctor and wait for the healing to begin. The healing for the country, on the other hand, has a longer way to go.
(Bottom Photo by Deirdre Lewis / April 1, 2010)