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March 4, 2013

A Pain in the Necků

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Pam Ward


After giving in and deciding that the pain in my neck (nearly constant for three weeks) was abnormal, I went for an x-ray. When I entered the x-ray room, I struck up a conversation with the technician, who surprisingly was not dressed in scrubs. He was wearing nice office work attire.


“My sister is graduating this spring and will be doing what you do,” I said.


In a concerned tone he replied: “I wish her luck.”


“How is the market,” I responded. “Not very good,” he said.


I was surprised by his description, because my sister switched programs in the last two years from surgical assistant training to radiology technician due to the high number of employment opportunities. He said that markets could vary from state to state, but he is the supervisor here, and they have had to let people go already because of the initial changes in healthcare.


Now, I understood why he was not in scrubs. He added: “I cannot imagine why anyone would want their healthcare controlled by the federal government.”


I jumped on the opportunity to extend this conversation. I could get a professional opinion of how the Affordable Health Care Act is already affecting our Frederick County residents. So far, job loss is one side effect of this legislation. Many have already experienced the other malady of the increase in your health insurance when you received your first paycheck of 2013.


But, unhealthy consequences caused by the Affordable Health Care Act seem to be contrary with the belief that everyone will be covered regardless of pre-existing conditions, cost, numbers of healthcare professionals available, and whatever other “promise” the voters decided to believe.


“Everyone thinks this stuff comes free,” he brought up. “That is what I keep hearing,” I joked back….we obviously realized quickly that we have the same opinions on this issue.


“Well, I don’t believe everything I hear,” he said. “Thank you for being out there listening but thinking for yourself,” I replied, happy to know there are people out there doing their own research (especially on-the-job fact finding) and speaking up.


To put the final touches on our conversation, since my neck had finished its photo-shoot, he said: “Anyone in this business who voted for this (legislation, ideology) is a complete idiot, and this is just the beginning.”


It is time to engage your healthcare provider in a conversation about how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect their business and employees, the level of care they can provide, and their communities. Encourage professionals to share their views and then pass that view onto people you know. Be a source for spreading real information to those who may not have the facts.


An article published February 15 in The Washington Post, “Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’” by N.C. Aizenman, stated:


Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low.


Obama Administration officials said recently that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants soon, and no later than March 2, depending on the state.


How long will it take those who supported and voted for government controlled healthcare to realize they were fooled? No, wait they were not fooled, they asked for this!


The real question is how long will it take for them to realize they were wrong…



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