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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