ObamaCare – Worse Than I Thought
I have been a harsh critic of the Affordable Care Act (known in the streets as “ObamaCare”). It was bad enough when I unable to keep my current plan (which was “none”). I found out firsthand how bad ObamaCare is getting when I went to visit my doctor for what was supposed to be a routine blood sampling.
Below is the timeline of my time at the doctor’s office: (Time entries in bold are entries spent in the office. Other entries are before and after the visit.)
7/8/14 – 9:00PM – Finished my last snack and started fasting for the blood work. Fasting is supposed to last twelve hours.
7/9/14 = 9:15AM – Arrive at doctor’s office for a 9:30 appointment.
7/9/14 – 9:30AM – Scheduled time of appointment
7/9 = 9:30-10:15 – Other patients with appointments between 9:30 and 10:00 arrive.
7/9 = 9:40-10:30 – Those mentioned above got to see the doctor.
7/9 = 10:45 – I finally got admitted.
7/9 – 11:00 – Health assistant starts performing total checkup. (I had my checkup in January and was not scheduled for a checkup). Started developing a caffeine-depleted headache.
7/9 – 11:45 – Getting prepped for blood work.
7/9 – 12:00 – Informed that my insurance will not pay for the blood work. I decided that I would hold off on the blood work until I was sure I had the money to pay for the tests. They took an impromptu urine sample.
7/9 – 12:10PM – Tried to schedule another appointment. The next free day is the middle of August.
7/9 – 3:45PM – Received a phone call from the doctor’s office that there was a “loophole” and that there was a way that my insurance would pay for the blood work. I was also informed that there was an opening tomorrow, but not until 3:00PM.
I now have to go through another 12-hour fast and I probably will not be able to eat or drink until at least 4:00PM. I will probably get another headache.
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