Obamacare’s Bad Medicine

Yesterday at a doctor’s appointment for Mr. Midtown Republican, his doctor was just entering the room when a nurse called out to him. She yelled out some numbers and asked if they were correct. He replied in numbers and then turned to explain to us.

The government decided that every kind of procedure be given a number, Dr. X said. Doctors already had a system in place, but in 2011, as a precursor to Obamacare, the government mandated that they be changed. It has been difficult, he said.

“Now there are 25 different numbers for just a femur fracture, for example,” he said. No one had yet mastered them all as the government keeps changing numbers.

“They were supposed to come out with the requirements in the summer,” he said. “Then it was October, then the end of the year. Now it’s 2014. Who knows what will happen?”

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the best,” he said. “I don’t want to stop doing what I’m doing.”

This doctor is a highly specialized surgeon whose dedication, hard work and sacrifice has made life better for thousands of people. It is sad to think the government wants to shackle him.

Justice Roberts, none of us has forgotten how you betrayed your country and the Constitution. Millions like Dr. X and like us will be punished by the restrictions of our own government. I don’t know how you sleep at night. You have put a dysfunctional government in charge of our daily lives.

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