When I moved to the area a few years ago, I was referred to Dr. Eric Gibb at Mountain Medical. I recall from my first visit that a part of our conversation focused on the Obamacare proposal. He indicated that he was for it, saying that at least when he set a broken arm for an uninsured patient (for example), he knew he would get paid.
Dr. Gibb is terminating his current practice. In a written statement to his patients, he says this about the new government and insurance-free practice he is starting:
“My relationship with you as my patient is being damaged by the paperwork and economics of our changing system. Family physicians are being forced to reduce office visits to 10 minutes for each patient, and the political uncertainty of our current medical system is creating chaos.”
Dr. Gibb proudly announces that his new practice will “happily” not accept insurance.
In neighboring Park County, the only health care clinic in that county closed June 27. The Fairplay Flume reported “It was like the heart of medical care was torn out of Park County.”
Right here in Buena Vista, as reported in the September 25 issue of the Chaffee County Times, HRRMC CEO Bob Morasko says that a new assessment of patient demand calls for two additional physicians – one at BVHC and one at Mountain Medical.
On a related note, my wife was diagnosed a few years ago with a genetic condition that is easily and fully treatable. She was then designated “uninsurable” by every insurance company we contacted. Our only option was to go to a state-run insurance exchange where we paid extremely costly premiums for high-deductible coverage.
Obamacare was promoted as providing health care insurance for the “uninsurable”. She should have benefitted. She didn’t. The state exchange closed. Now, under Obamacare, we pay EVEN higher premiums for even higher deductibles.
National issues affect everyone . . . and we can see it locally. Obamacare can be repealed if citizens vote locally for those national candidates pledged to repeal it.
J. David Holt