You'll Choke At Your Next Health Checkup

Nor' east Thinkin'

You're already being conscripted into the coming ObamaCare

Published on: September 19, 2011

 At my usual "when I get around to it" health care checkup, I sat on the exam table with the breeze blowing at my backside. "It's been awhile since you've been here," Doc commented.

Nodding my head in the affirmative, I replied, "Yep, you've got all you can handle with sick people. I'd be just wasting your time and my money by coming in annually."

Grabbing his mini-laptop, he began with a foreboding tone, "Maybe you should sit in the chair while we go over a few questions." Since the chair had a back, I'd be better braced for whatever he had. Right? Then he launched into a well-rehearsed talk about how all my medical records would be going into a national medical database.

That way, if I were beaching it in Florida and I had to see a doctor there, the doctor could just tap into my record and immediately see my whole medical file. And he launched into his questions:

Do you smoke? [Only through the ears when I'm mad. I dropped cigars years ago when I decided to not be obnoxious to myself.]

Do you drink? [Yep, at least a gallon of coffee a day, plus a glass of wine once in a while.]

Do you wear a seatbelt when you drive? [Whoa! That's not a medical question.]

I'm glad Doc didn't ask whether I experience moments of paranoia. At that moment, my suspicions at hair-trigger edge. "Doc, I thought ObamaCare was supposed to start phasing in during 2012?"

As he explained, the healthcare industry is ramping up for it in anticipation. But these questions had little to nothing to do with medical records, and are a whole lot more invasive of personal habits.

So you must really think about how much you want Uncle Sam to have on record about you. While ObamaCare may not tattoo a number on your forehead, it's going to do a number on your backside.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    John, your paranoia is is in full bloom here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm a health care worker that did not vote for Obama. We jump through so many hoops to meet government requirements that we spend less time with patients than with paperwork. I knew that Obama care would cripple us. I fought the good fight to stop it, just about drove myself crazy. We have NO idea what is yet to come, I just know that it will not be good. Pray that we can vote someone in office in 2012 that will oppeal the bill and then GET OUT OF OUR WAY. Thank you for letting me speak. Less government.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My pediatrician has been asking my kids the same type of question for years(Do you wear your helmet when biking, do you use your seatbelt) so what is the big deal? If people stopped smoking and always wore seatbelts it would save all of us millions in health costs. Get over it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The government is already soo deep in our pockets that it pains us anyway.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow, "anonymous" certainly displays a lot of love, respect and tolerance! So nice to have folks like that voting! Dan

  6. Anonymous says:

    Your attitude may save the taxpayers some expense, thanks to another early demise.