Americans will sell anything to make a buck, legal or not. In many cases, the very fact that something is illegal is what makes selling it such a
profitable venture. If there is a demand for a product, that product will
be created and sold. A vacuum has been created in the American health
care, ironically. That vacuum will inevitably (and rather quickly) be filled.
So your employer has reduced your hours at work in order to classify you as part-time in avoidance of providing you with benefits. No benefits,
smaller paycheck. There’s no way you can afford health care within or apart from the exchange program, and besides, it would cost you less to just
pay the fine at the end of the year anyway.
But you still need a doctor. You’re still going to get sick or twist an ankle now and then. So where do you go? You can’t go to the hospital, or
any licensed practitioner, because they’ll find out you don’t have health insurance and HHS will come a-knockin’. But…
…it’s rumored that Dr. Robert down the street has an “independent practice” and can stitch that cut up semi-professionally for fifty bucks.
$250 if you want anesthesia, painkillers going for $10 a pop. Follow-up visits 50% off. Cash/barter only. I don’t know you and this never
Of course, to prevent this they will make it illegal (if it isn’t already) for you to seek or receive health services from an unlicensed
practitioner (or a licensed one operating outside the system). Whereas before it was only illegal to practice
medicine without a license, they
will now have to criminalize all parties in the transaction. Both the crack dealer and the crack user go to jail, the doctor and the patient.
But I suppose there’s a silver lining here. Pretenses are dropped and we clearly see how our health care system operates. Instead of maintaining a
façade of humanitarianism, doctors now may as well just say, and quite honestly, “Yes, I’m using your injury/illness to make money.” Or,
“Yes, I’m a drug dealer. Which one do you want already?” As with any clandestine business venture, and especially one wherein your customers
need you to literally survive
, it’s a seller’s market. “Don’t like the price? Screw you.” In that sense we’d come out of the
experience feeling exactly the same but having had wasted far less time.
What say you, ATS? Are we headed for “barbershop-in-the-front, proctology-in-the-rear”?
edit on 10/9/13 by NthOther because: (no reason given)