Obamacare: How Hard Could it be to Apply?

Posted on April 4, 2013. Filed under: Obamacare, Politics | Tags: , |

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Walgreens Pharmacy (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

Didn’t I just get done posting about this?

It turns out that applying for Obamacare is about as easy as building a rocket that will make it to Mars and back.

If you want to apply for Obamacare, you have to fill out 15 to 21 pages of government paperwork.

That’s not to mention the 61 pages of instructions.

You thought taxes were bad….

So how many people is that going to prevent from applying, just because they don’t want to fill out paperwork?

Ah, government bureaucracy, you gotta love it.

Meanwhile, Walgreen’s is stepping up to fill in for the doctor shortage, expanding their clinics to cover chronic illnesses.

Shouldn’t it be illegal for someone to decide that they are going to start playing doctor? Oh yeah, it is. So here’s where the nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant idea came from!

As a side note, if there are no actual physicians to assist, that would mean they aren’t really physicians assistants, wouldn’t it?

Let’s see, a drug store stepping up to diagnose chronic illnesses and prescribe more drugs.

I don’t see a conflict of interest there. </sarcasm off>

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I can see you don’t work in health care, so allow me to help a little. A PA or NP has a license to practice without needing an MD to be physically present, but every one of their cases must be gone over by an MD within 24 hours after the patients are seen. The MDs often make changes to treatment if needed. There aren’t nearly enough MDs for our rapidly aging population, with expanding needs. We have to do something besides shovel the overflow into hospital emergency rooms. No pharmacy would be able to diagnose a “chronic condition”. By definition of that term, a chronic condition has ALREADY been diagnosed. If it’s the initial appearance of something like arthritis, they would be referred out to another type of clinic, practice or an urgent care. Pharmacies can prescribe small amounts of drugs already, in situations like when you are moving, or need time to establish with a new provider. They don’t, and won’t be doing primary care. However, for things like getting your annual flu shot, why should you have to pay for a doctor visit?

Let me put this as politely as I can.

I don’t give a damn if they got their licenses out of a Cracker Jack box. They aren’t doctors, and if I need to go to see a doctor, I want to see a doctor, not some two bit wanna be.

Flu shots are already permissible by law, and that is not the diagnosing and treatment of an ongoing illness.

If you think pharmacies won’t be doing primary care, you need to look at what California is proposing.

And, for your information, my wife DOES work in the healthcare industry. She’s a nurse, and a damn good one.

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