Bill Bunkley

First, with the shortage of doctors (and more likely to leave the profession if it is not repealed), how many days would it take to get that first appointment? Would I see a doctor or a physician’s assistant? After confirming my torn retina how long would it take to schedule the second appointment with the retina surgeon? Or would I see the surgeon’s assistant first? When would the government authorization come through allowing the procedure?

Do you believe your government will be operating with such great efficiency as to get me right in? Could it take weeks or maybe even months to address my problem? And who knows what additional damage might be incurred to my eye during the extended waiting period.

Now if you think this is an exaggeration check with someone enrolled in the British or Canadian healthcare system. Anyone in those systems can tell you a few facts about waiting times.

In my situation I would have two practical options; wait and take my chances obtaining an appointment or pay cash for the complete procedure.

The simple fact of Obamacare is that those who can afford it will simply pay for their care. Others who cannot won’t be so fortunate.

The system will be an equal opportunity offender.

Here are some other facts to consider.

It may cost you extra to keep your personal doctor. Increasing doctor shortages will extend waiting times. The government will be calling the shots for your healthcare, not your doctor. Your primary doctor better know the rules on how to play the authorization game. You won’t be able to get those PSA tests, mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopy exams and other lifesaving checkups as frequent as you are currently accustomed to.

And if you are an aging Baby Boomer requiring a certain medical procedure; you might be told you are now too old to qualify. Or maybe you have a desire to live a little longer; but a panel of professionals has decide you have lived long enough and it’s time for you to check out.

So if universal healthcare sounds good for you, then step right up.

But for me I will do everything possible to reverse this impending disaster.

There are certainly issues in our healthcare system that need immediate attention. Those issues will only be compounded if Obamacare is not stopped in its tracks.

Join Operation Repeal and Replace. Vote Mitt Romney for President.


Bill Bunkley

Bill Bunkley is host of “Drive Time with Bill Bunkley” heard throughout West Central Florida weekday afternoons from 4-6 eastern on AM 570 & 910 WTBN Tampa Bay with live streaming at www.bayword.com. Bill is active in the state’s issues in Tallahassee and is President of the Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Inc. Contact Bill at wbunkley@salemtampa.com.