To The Daily Sun,
Maybe it is time for Tony Boutin and Russ Wles to once again put on their big boy pants and not be so afraid of Obamacare.
A few months back it was Ebola, the big bad monster in the closet scaring these little boys. Well that passed, by letting the adults in the room take care of the crisis, as I suggested. Even with these two doing their best to try and blame Obama for Ebola. Apparently Tony does not understand, I guess, what insurance means. No Tony, in my 30 years of practicing medicine no one has been denied or kicked out of a hospital because they had no insurance as you implied in one of your previous letters, (or) that Obamacare would not cover treatment for Ebola. That is precisely what insurance does.
Now the big fear is Obamacare, according to Tony. He has tried hard to scare us about Obamacare. Remember when he said, "Obamacare is un-American." What nonsense. The Heritage Foundation, hardly a liberal think tank, in 1989 said this about health care. "Mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance." And this: "All citizens should be guaranteed universal access to affordable health care." Sounds like Obamacare to me. How are these un-American. Maybe Tony can explain this for us.
I would like at this time to invite Tony into the 21st Century, or better yet into the second half of the 20th Century. In his letter in the June 23 edition of The Daily Sun he said this: "Doctors have been turned into data automatons. The person you're apt to be treated by now is not a doctor but a nurse practitioner because a nurse practitioner gets paid less." Far be it for me to suggest that maybe Tony do some research before he writes this nonsense, but if he did he would find that NPs have been around since the mid-1960s. Obamacare has been around for — what — three years? If only Tony went to Pub Med he would find 49 pages with 20 studies per page of studies looking at the effectiveness of NPs in primary care. Interesting thing about Pub Med, they publish studies from around the world on medical issues, the only studies they do not publish are studies out of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons because of their nutty beliefs. This of course is one of Russ's favorites publications. Study after study shows that the care given by NPs is on par with that given by doctors. But this probable does not interest Tony. Why let facts get in the way of his story.
I do not know how many patients Tony and Russ see on a daily basis. Oh, wait they don't see any. Then how can they tell us about all the problems those of us who see patients have with Obamacare. Again both Tony and Russ must have missed the study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund published June 15 of this year that found "... many providers reported seeing an increased number of patients since the coverage expansion went into effect, but not an accompanying compromise in quality of care. A large majority of primary care providers are satisfied with their medical practice." So Tony and Russ, don't try to tell me how Obamacare is changing the way the majority of us practice medicine. Your comments come out of ignorance, not facts.
Then we have poor Russ Wiles. He failed as an immunologist. Remember when he said this: "Vaccines are not immunizations." I labeled this the dumbest thing ever said in a letter. Or as a failed epidemiologist. Remember when he said this: "Our mad president wants to bring in hordes of Ebola patients to the U.S." This has to rank as the second dumbest thing every said. Nine Ebola patients hardly qualifies as a horde. It is getting harder and harder to figure out what side of reality poor Russ gets up on a daily basis.
And while we are at it, maybe Russ would like to a comment on William Thompson the whistle blower who Russ was so excited about. How has that gone for you, Russ? Sure have not heard any more about Mr. Thompson, and his explosive revelations. Maybe you would like to enlighten us about that again.
In the words of Justice Scalia, "Just get over it." Obamacare is here to stay, and nothing can change that, even this nonsense from Tony or Russ.
Mirno Pasquali PA C
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