It was only three years ago that eye surgeon, Dr. Kristin Story Held, wrote that the government takeover of medicine and healthcare under Obamacare would be a significant detriment to patient’s connections with their physicians and the movement toward a harmful single-payer system in the United States.
The Texas physician announced this week that as of October 1, 2015, she “will no longer be able to submit bills for my services to my patients to private insurance companies or Medicare.”
“Because I refuse to implement and comply with their insane, nonsensical, requirements,” states the San Antonio doctor.
The ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon declares that compulsory requirements of Obamacare, also known officially as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “do not serve the patient first and are not the best utilization of resources.”
Like a rapidly growing number of American physicians who are fed up with Obamacare politics, Dr. Held says she “will continue to serve my patients as long as I can through a new, alternate model of direct patient care, free of third party waste and nonsense, via a fair, transparent fee schedule, and direct access to me, the doctor.”
“I hope and pray enough of my patients will choose to stay with me instead of following their insurance company du jour, where you see a new doctor every time you go in,” she added. “Imagine coming home to a new family every few months or yearly.”
Dr. Held points the finger of the corrupt system straight at the White House, indicating that when the backdoor political deals were made to implement and pass Obamacare, “physicians were excluded, demonized, denigrated, and lied about-especially by President Obama who famously said doctors are immediately paid “30, 40, or $50,000 to cut off a foot,” when in reality a below knee amputation fee to physician is around $700 including three months post op care.”
Since Obamacare was enacted physician fees have dropped while payments to hospitals and pharmaceutical companies have climbed sharply.
“There is a convoluted billing game that goes on between government, hospitals (represented by the-American Hospital Association lobbyists), big insurance, and big pharma,” Dr. Held reveals.
Mr. Obama also “accused surgeons of taking out tonsils for cash instead of prescribing antibiotics, which is not only a lie, but in reality the surgeon’s fee is around $200 while the cost of antibiotics may exceed that,” she pointed out. “The final blow was when Obama declared ‘we will let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe it’s better to take the painkiller instead of having the surgery.’ Government is now arrogantly practicing medicine without a license, and sadly this government puts the collective good ahead of the individual patient and family.”
Dr. Held, the mother of four daughters, has the unique position to look at Obamacare from both the doctor’s and patient’s points of view. A breast cancer survivor herself, after recovering from three operations, Dr. Held wrote on May 5, 2013 that she is “blessed to live in the United States where we enjoy the earliest detection and highest survival rate for breast cancer in the world…at least for now.”
She noted that without even being read, the politically motivated Congress passed the ACA, not understanding the grave consequences of their actions.
“The US Preventive Task Force born of the ACA has already trumped our established guidelines for breast cancer screening to save money over lives,” she explained. “Not a single breast cancer specialist was on the committee. Committee members picked and chose which studies they would include and which they would disregard.”
She likened the members as acting as “in the same fashion that this self-serving political ruling class picks winners and losers and now picks who lives and who dies.”
“Physicians must refuse to participate in this destructive, abusive, wasteful system,” Dr. Held contends. “We must practice our trade outside the stranglehold of government. We have actual workable plans founded on the sacred doctor–patient relationship that will drastically cut costs and vastly improve quality of care. Will we stand? Will our patients stand with us?”
“I have read the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), tweeted it and studied it,” she told a group of physicians at a Colorado doctor’s summit last month. “I will not implement, comply with it or let my patients live or die by it.”
“I thank God and my amazing doctors for the gift of life,” Dr. Held blogged. “That I am still alive to repost and write this new preamble three years later. I pray I will be able to keep my practice alive under this new model, so I will be there for my patients in the next three years. I pray I will still have patients in three years.”