Socialism - I Wish it Weren't

Yesterday evening I said, “Hay Google!”

After the four little lights on top of the smart speaker brightly lit up, I asked, “What’s the latest news.”

It responded in a confident male voice, “Here’s the latest news.”

Several seconds later Fox News started with a blast of the opening theme after which an intense contralto female voice came on with a 60-second blurb of news stories about Speaker Pelosi, Trump, impeachment, and a Democratic candidate promising more socialism. After this was over and a commercial about TD Ameritrade started, I immediately disconnected the device’s power connection rather than say, “Hay Google, stop.” After that I felt both angry and sad. This was the first time I powered on this device since I got it from my stepson last Christmas ten months ago.

I felt bad because I had a negative reaction to the intense reminder of the verbal war here in the US between the socialists and the conservatives.

I had developed a disdain for socialism after leaving college and getting my first job. This was during the ladder part of the Ford Administration and the beginning of the Carter Campaign which was a short time after the US lost the Vietnam War, the Watergate cover-up and the Nixon resignation.

Where to Begin

I was born with a congenital birth defect that ultimately left me with 27% of the eyesight of the norm. As a consequence, I was treated very differently than my 7 other brothers and sisters by my parents as well as the system. Limitations, promises, special schools, clinics, years of diagnostics and many dozens of eye doctors, left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Though at the time these things happened to me, I accepted this paranoia as normal and rolled with the punches. It was when I turned driving age when I found I would in no way be taking part in normal society.

Though the government provided me with Talking Books for the blind, SSI, state-paid college education at a university that catered to the blind, I grew weary of the empty promises and the ineptitude as well as the angry threats of the college service providers. This is when I started questioning my political outlook of total government control.

I could go through a detailed history of my vision impairment, but I don’t think this is the place for that. I have hundreds of pages in my diary describing my trek from common-good government to – where I am today – a staunch anti-communist/anti-socialists. I think my trek was complete when in 1978 I was able to get a driver’s license. This was shortly after I was shocked to find, I wasn’t legally blind after all.

But – today I think I might be again questioning my position on government.

However, I still kind of wish we didn’t have socialism in the United States. I feel this form of governing is counterproductive to human nature. It seems we will do less if we are subsidized for doing less. But we now have socialism and chances are, because of our sins, we will have more of it.  

Marian Webster Definition of Socialism:

  1. Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
  2. a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
    b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
  3. A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

Why is the US working so hard to adopt socialism?

To answer this, I need to further describe my prospective by stating the following:.

People’s perceptions of my vision impairment and my experiences in life dealing with their prejudices may very well be a strong indicator of the motivation of the many for socialism.

Democratic Socialism, Social Justice, National Socialism – a rose by any other name is still a rose.

The more I read about socialism, the more concerned I became about its implementations and outcomes. With the execution of each policy, I felt there was a corresponding loss of freedoms.

I have quite literally written hundreds of pages about the ills of socialism and its adverse consequences. There are even more millions upon millions of pages written by noted authors about the deleterious effects socialism has had on civilizations. But now I wonder, is it really all that bad?

Here I am today retired, living on federal income, receiving federally funded medical care, and relying on the Fed for basically most things in life such as infrastructure, standards, environmental protection, a relatively stable monetary economy, law enforcement, and military protection, to name a few. So, am I worse off for it all?

I hear many arguing socialism won’t bankrupt our economy or negate our liberties. They site Canada and all European countries such as the UK as shining examples of functional socialism. So, who am I to argue?

Basically for me, I live far under the radar when it comes to having to deal with the state (the many and varied government bureaucracies and all of their regulations.) Also, I can still get critical healthcare if something were to go wrong. But of course, I don’t live in Canada, the UK or any other country with totally socialized medicine. And, I’m not in the shoes of a former coworker who was here on an H1 visa who, when he returned to the UK, had to rely on the National Health Service in England for a simple operation to remove a carcinoma.

In this fellow’s case, the waiting period was longer than the metastases of the carcinoma. Meaning, the bomb went off before he could have it removed. He has since passed away.

I relayed this story to my socialist friends and they flippantly respond that this was an unusual situation. Further digging around revealed: all socialist societies have all kinds of waiting periods. But, I live in the US and there isn’t really any significant waiting for most things. However – we’re not yet a socialist nation – at least not fully – yet.

I’m also not a business owner who has to rely on employees. I don’t have to interpret and follow the countless regulations and I don’t have to deal with the many and varied taxing agencies. And again, my socialist friends say these aren’t problems.

According to the pundits of socialism, it will be the United States who is going to be the nation to get socialism right.

In the past, I sat several times with a number of socialists such as my far left leaning sisters and I posed questions about their beliefs. Instead of a calm discussion, I’m belittled for being so stupid for asking such questions. So, should I have come away with the understanding that one should not question socialism but to just accept it as a new way of life? It was for me – a new way of life.

My new way of life came about in 2014 when I grew very depressed after being forced out of another computer programming job (my last job) by a young newly promoted VP. Because of an overly stressful[1] work life, I opted for retirement in January 2015 one year before my full retirement age of 66. The idea of seeking another position and facing ridicule stemming from my limited vision gulled me.

My left leaning friends and family strongly believe I am the cause of all this strife in my life. Yet, these same people repeatedly vote socialist because they strongly believe there are many who are suffering strife in their lives because of inequities, bigotry and oppression.

Note. Not everyone felt negatively about my work or me as a person. I never took a poll to see who felt what and why. The main issue is group dynamics. People will often follow the group leaders. Few if any actually stood up to those who felt the need to discriminate against me. Also, there is no doubt my past may have influenced my reactions to other’s prejudice. Meaning, I may not have been strongly forthright in defending[2] myself. There were managers who did admit to knowing about the prejudice of those I had to work with. In situations where the managers were discriminatory, I was let go very soon after being hired or transferred to their department.

Note 2. Of all of the computer programmers I knew, a fellow programmer named Mark who I worked with at a company in Dayton in 1986 was the only programmer besides myself who loved his work. However, unlike Mark, I never really learned to play office politics. Also, unlike Mark, I was the only person in all the workplaces I had worked in since the start of my professional career in 1975 that had limited eyesight or was blind.[3]

Note 3. The owner of the company of my last job generously gave me a year’s severance of full salary and health benefits to tide me over until my 65th birthday when I could get Medicare and go on Social Security Retirement.

Note 4. Although I was upset after leaving the company in April 1st 2014, I basically kissed the ground. I was free to venture to do things I could only dream about. Meaning, I had – or rather, I’m having more fun than a guy should be allowed to have. I love what I do every day. Only problem is, time seems to be passing by so quickly. I guess it’s because I don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read about the news. I just have fun. Also, looking back over the last 6 years I’ve not worked, I’m rather grateful they caused me to reexamine the idea of me continuing to work.

Note 5. Socialists say: if I add up all the money I paid into Social Security, It would in no way cover the money I am receiving in the way of Social Security benefits. Well, I say…

Well…

If I were to have saved each month in a good growth stock mutual fund all the money I paid into Social Security, I’d have to say – they’d be right. At a rather lucrative average annual rate of at least 8 to 12% of compounded gains, interest and dividends, I would only have accumulated $461,000. If I add up my 25 years (65 to 90) on SSR, I will be getting $650,000 – which does not include COLA[4] or the exceedingly expensive Medicare.

Note 6. It is said the Social Security fund is bankrupt, meaning there is no money in the kitty. The government has long since raided that fund, so the money I contributed is long gone. Our government now has to cover the excessive costs of Social Security with significant amounts of additional tax payer dollars.

But the lingering question is, who is paying for my Social Security Retirement?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states in their Usual Weekly Earnings report the Wages and Salaries of US Workers. Using information from the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, the BLS claims that in that quarter, the median income for a full-time wage or salary worker on a weekly basis was $900. For a 40-hour work week, this calculates out to be a yearly income of approximately $46,800. If the employee's contribution to Social Security is 6.2% and if their yearly income is $46,800, they will have $2,902 FICA tax deducted from their paycheck. Then we add in the employer contribution of an additional 6.2% equaling $5,084 a year. If I get a yearly benefit of $18,000, it takes almost 4 workers to pay for my yearly Social Security benefit income.

This of course does not cover my Medicare expenses.

Note 7. As for my contribution to my Social Security retirement...  I did have a pretty dismal salary record.

  • From 1970 to 1977, I earned an average of $3,200 a year. That included working during 4 years of college.
  • From 1977 to 1981, I earned an average of $13,000 a year.
  • I worked from 1981 to 1985 for a community college under PERS[5] of which I didn’t work long enough to be vested. My average yearly salary was $23,000.
  • I spent over 30 months throughout my working career laid off.
  • From 1985 to 1990, my average yearly salary was $15,900.
  • It was after 1990 when I started to earn a salary somewhat equivalent to the norm.

How did I get around the low salary? I was by all accounts exceedingly resourceful. For example: my homes were palaces because – I physically made them that way. I had the finest audio high fidelity because I made the devices that reproduced it. There were countless other ways I lived better than most because I made rather than bought, I learned and did rather than hire it done, and I cooked rather than dined out.

Also, it was shortly after Y2K when I decided to get completely out of debt. After torturous dealings with a credit card company and their extortion of outrageous fees, I decided to never borrow money again. It was two years after that when I finally paid off all my debts including my mortgage. The current house and car were purchased with cash.

If after retirement I had the same attitude about using the bank’s money instead of my own which I had prior to my declaration of debt freedom, I’d probably be working at Home Depot trying to make ends meet.

Now, while all my highly paid retired brethren are sitting around bemoaning the good ole days, I’m designing, experimenting, building, making, restoring, and enjoying. Their joy is looking forward to Monday Night Football, whacking this little white ball around on this vast lawn, or playing card games for hours on end. Mine is waking up Monday morning looking forward to a new week of something interesting to make, fix, buy or sell on eBay, machining a part for a project, or – you-know – just having fun. So for me, socialism isn’t all that bad – at least not yet. Right? …I guess we’ll see.

S October 1, 2019 – 96o

Postscript

Ok, I think many who are reading this may surmise that I am still angry and depress over losing my job. And you are correct – about the anger part. To quote someone I knew all of my life, “There comes a time when you say enough is enough. It’s a point where you just want to give up and stop fighting.” This was how I felt when I decided to retire early. I thought the negative feelings would go away. But the opposite has happened.

At first, I kept active after April 2014 doing what I said I was doing. This included me doing a bunch of work on this house. But after about 4 years, more and more of the anger percolated up to the surface where it is today.

I guess I’ve had time to think about my past and all the stuff I missed out on. Basically, it was what I was excluded from being involved with. This is one of the reasons I did it all by myself.

As I’ve written many times before, I don’t want to boast about all that I accomplished. I just want to share. But – it feels like no one is interested. More importantly, I wanted to prove that despite my slight debility, I could live and work as a normal person. I wanted to prove to my employers that I could do the job and do it very well. And in most cases, they did appreciate and acknowledge my work. However, because of the negative feelings of fellow peers, my employers felt it necessary to let me go rather than fire the other members of the team.

Today I wish to shed these feelings of disappointment, anger, and resentment. But the growing socialist movement negatively reminds me of the discrimination and bigotry that was and still is being done against many including those who are like me. If I accept socialism, I feel I am accepting that these things were done to me and that nothing can be done to change these ills.

Socialists say I need to accept that the goodness of socialism is the antithesis of prejudice, unfairness and inequities and it will be the cure for these diseases. However, if the disbelief of the socialists to the description of my plight in life is any indication, then it won’t be.

If Things Were Different

My plan in 2013 before the new VP was: if I could have worked until I was 70, I would have. If throughout my working career I was paid commensurate to the level of my education and experience, I would have retired at 50.

  

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Summary of Socialism

  • Socialism is the cancer that results from a carcinogenic toxin known as mean spiritedness.
  • Socialism does not occur because of a single political party. Rather, all parties will enable its establishment.
  • Democratic Socialism is an oxymoron because no entitlement or federal government subsidy has ever been voted out of existence by the citizenry.
  • Socialism does not bring the less fortunate up to the level of the more fortunate, rather socialism brings the more fortunate down to the level of the less fortunate.
  • Socialism will not be administered any differently than any other government entitlement including education.
  • Socialism requires the force and control of the state – for without which, socialism fails. The more socialism, the more control.
  • Increases in government regulations proportionally cause increases in socialism.
  • Regardless of the country, entitlements have a less than 60% efficiency rating. Meaning, at best, only about 60% of the collected earmarked taxes reach the intended recipients.
  • Socialism is and has always been for the benefit of a few administrators/dictators.
  • The ultimate ruling class will never be under the mandates of socialism.
  • Believing they are excluded from socialism, the wealthy are in favor of socialism.
  • The closer to ultimate socialism a country is, the fewer people control the wealth of that country. In the US, about 1% of the population controls most of the wealth. In socialist countries, even a smaller proportion of the population controls the wealth including the UK where the royal family controls most of the wealth.
  • The main driving force for socialism is the costs of living. The major contributor to this is the cost and availability of medicine. Both conservative as well as liberal thinkers refuse to contemplate the lacking innovation, increasing intense regulations and the countless reasons for the staggering debilitating costs. As a consequence, voters will inevitably demand a one payer socialized medical system within a few short years.
  • Socialized medicine by its inefficiencies will necessitate assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Though China has a communist government, it is not a socialist society with benefits for the lesser.
  • USSA – United Socialist States of America – Many ultra-conservatives believe we will become another Soviet style republic, whereas many liberals feel we will be more like Sweden or the United Kingdom. However, this trek will take us through some severely difficult economic downturns. It is said the EU knows how to govern socialism. However, for the US, this will be a difficult transition. No doubt, our constitution will go through some significant revisions.
  • Since the turn of the last century when socialistic ideals were accepted here in the US and the formation of public education was adopted, socialism has since progressed at a seemingly steady rate. However, in looking at the stats, this growth is not progressing at a straight line; rather it is increasing at an exponential rate. Though there appeared to have been several setbacks, the progression has never-the-less been increasing unimpeded. The socialists have stated that Regan – ultra-conservatism, Gingrich – Contract with America, Clinton – Welfare Reform, and now Trump with his mandates were and are major setbacks. But, such is not the case because no entitlements were done away with. Just the growth of socialism was slightly slowed during these times.
  • Socialism is not a conspiracy. Though it may appear to be conspiratorial, it is in reality confluence, a methodology coupled with a desire. Basically it is what works driven by a strong desire. It is each of those who wish for their own personal gain implementing what works. That gain is power over people. Their methodology is to implement socialism which will inevitably garner power. This has, throughout time, proven to have worked. However, the parable, “There’s no honor among thieves,” is applicable to these people. They live with mutual assured destruction which keeps them from extreme actions. Also, their greatest fear is to lose control. This was readily apparent during the 911 attacks. Their political differences were momentarily set aside as they worked to ascertain the reasons for the attacks. However, their differences reemerged when one of them ordered the attacks on Iraq.

Why is socialism becoming a part of our American fabric? The answer is we have become lazy and immoral. We seek glitz and glamor over substantive quality. We strive for sameness and have become more intolerant of differences. And, like the time shortly before the Hitler Regime when Germany was inundated with decadence, we here are throwing aside our morality for the sake of perverse enjoyment. We have become a society that cannot defer gratification. This is readily apparent in our physical health giving way to obesity, defiling our bodies with indelibly permanent markings[9] and piercings, seeking and promoting violent entertainment, excusing inappropriate behavior, legitimizing recreational drug usage, not adequately educating our young, accepting out-of-wedlock single parenting as good, and thousands of other sins we accept as normalcy. At the same time, we strongly emphasize racism, sexism, and many other contrasting human differences and debilities.

Another major contributor to our need for socialism is the readily available vast entertainment complex. The seduction of this glitzy amusement has grown such that it has inundated most of our society to the point the citizenry are spending an inordinate amount of their day captivated by this shallow diversion rather than doing what is worthwhile. As a result, people’s lives have become difficult because they haven’t developed the appropriate social skills. They portray their lives on social media as far more than it really is and they harbor unrealistic desires for what is portrayed on these many and varied media forms. Finally, the media as a whole is ripping this country into two diametrically opposing political classes with a significant greater part of the media complex favoring socialism.

Deferring gratification[6] – describes the process a person undergoes when they resist the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward. Generally, deferred or delayed gratification is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. It is well known that the ability to defer gratification is linked to a host of other positive outcomes, including academic success, physical health, psychological health, and social competence. A person's ability to defer gratification relates to other similar skills such as patience, impulse-control, self-control and willpower, all of which are involved in self-regulation which encompasses a person's capacity to adapt as necessary to meet demands of their environment.

People who were brought up in poverty or in dysfunctional households have difficulty in deferring or delaying gratification. They lived under deprivation and as a consequence, they have been taught to grab for the immediate – for tomorrow, there will most likely be scarcity.

Socialism heavily relies on those who can’t defer gratification. Also, in all government entitlements, there is enough to survive on, but not enough to progress forward from.

The educational aspect of socialism teaches that government is the end-all be-all. But, it seldom if ever teaches self-reliance and independence.

The entertainment monopoly shows total immediate gratification leading the naive viewer to believe one can live for the moment and not prepare or ready oneself for later. In the fantasy world of movies and TV, riches are had, not earned. It just simply appears on the screen. The years of struggle to get there are never demonstrated.

Government will provide all. There’s no need to struggle.

It is little wonder most believe centrally controlled socialism will be the antidote to our ills.

Finally, I ask: Is socialism eventually going to be a problem for many including me? Read the following questionnaire which was required by Medicare to be asked by my internist before he gave me my yearly physical.

   

2019 Medicare Yearly Physical Questioner

How do you rate your health? Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor

Hearing/Vision Evaluation:
Do you have trouble hearing the television or radio when others do not?
Do you have to strain or struggle to hear or understand conversations?
Do you have trouble seeing, even with glasses?

Functional Evaluation:
Do you have trouble walking?
Do you need help with shopping?
Do you need help climbing stairs?
Do you need help with preparing meals?
Do you need help with bathing?
Do you need help with housework?
Do you need help with dressing?
Do you need help with laundry?
Do you need help with telephone use?
Do you need help with taking medications?
Do you need help with transportation?
Do you need help with managing money?
Do you have trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions?

Depression Questionnaire:
Over the past 2 weeks, have you felt down, depressed or hopeless?
Over the past 2 weeks, have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?

Home Safety:
Do you have a working smoke alarm in your home?
Does your home have loose rugs in the hallway?
Does your home have poor lighting?
Does your home have grab bars in the bathroom?
Does your home have handrails on the stairs?
Do you live alone?
In the past 12 months, have you fallen?
In the past 6 months, have you experienced leaking of urine?

Advance Directive:
Do you have any Advance Directives?

Types of Advance Directives:

  • A living will.
  • Durable power of attorney for health care.
  • Medical power of attorney.
  • POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment).
  • Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.
  • Organ and tissue donation.

Failure in having any of the above will result in the state deciding the outcomes.

What government initially suggests ultimately becomes law. For example: Medicare administrators have found a high rate of injuries by the elderly result from loose rugs in the home’s pathways. Eventually to attempt to reduce these causes, government will no doubt outlaw the sale and use of loose rugs. Also, it will eventually become law for bathrooms to be equipped with grab bars just as the law now requires stairway hand rails.

   

[2] Defense of Myself (from above)

… there is no doubt my past may have influenced my reactions to other’s prejudices. Meaning, I may not have been strongly forthright in defending myself…

My wife is from China. She came to the US in 2004 to marry me. She has certain street smarts because she came from a country which had, shall we say, less of a moral fabric than the US – at least the US I knew prior to Y2K. She is ever cognizant of the fact that people can take advantage of others especially those who are perceived as weak in nature.

She has seen in me a reluctance to stand up for myself. Throughout our 15 years of marriage, I’ve had an underlying fear she might tire of this and leave, go live with her son or return to China. But because of a more recent change in her career, I think she may have revised her understanding of Americans.

Sometime after my retirement, my wife found her first job here through some Chinese she knew here in town. It wasn’t long when she discovered to her disappointment that workers here could be as unscrupulous as her coworkers were back in China. Though her job in China was college professor, her job here is in the manufacturing of gold jewelry, which is of a blue color status. What she found was, human nature is not that much different between here and China. This was especially true for the management of her company.

People I tell this to don’t want to hear this. I think most are used to office/work politics. The problem with my wife is, she only has a rudimentary understanding of English and she misses the subtleties and nuances of the language. As a consequence, people tend to take advantage of her.

As for me, I just let this shit slide because I feared if I stood up for myself, I would be fired or forced out, which I was on several occasions including my last job.

So in closing, if socialism provides my wife and I with an income and it protects us from inequities, then we have little choice but to accept it. My fear is if I ever need help, the system will deny me that help. I realize this is a conditioned fear and I will most likely not be treated any differently than anyone else. Still, deeply embedded within the fabric of my unconsciousness are these fears.

S October 23, 2019 – 33o F

Postscript

Citizenry of socialist countries have been accustomed to their systems for a long time. The waiting, the bureaucratic nightmares and limited medical are everyday anomalies they have accepted and lived with their whole lives. More and more of us here in the US are slowly growing to accept there will be these limitations.

I doubt there will be any real quick changes towards socialism; rather it will change imperceptibly with a steady exponential increase as time progresses. If things do change too quickly, the voters will revolt as they did with the election of an ultra-conservative slowing the socialist movement. These included Johnson and the Great Society resulting in Nixon, Carter and the Misery Index resulting in Regan, and Obama Care resulting in Trump. Never the less, socialism is gradually but exponentially growing.

God, please help and guide us to do the right thing.

  

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My Doctor Leaving Normal Practice

Dec. 20, 2019

Dear Patient,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the holidays. The purpose of this letter is to explain new changes to my practice.

Beginning January 1, 2020, I will be changing to a "Concierge"[7] medical practice. Many of you are familiar with concierge medicine, in which patients pay an annual membership fee to receive individualized care beyond what health insurance and Medicare covers.

Concierge medicine limits the number of patient members. This allows physicians to provide health care with greater personalization and in a timely and convenient manner. It is the "personalized" feature that is most appealing for our relationship in your care, as it will add value to your health, well-being, and quality of life.

The annual fee for my concierge practice will be $350 per patient and will keep the name <my practice>. Most Concierge programs run $1,000-$2,000 annually. I will remain in my current office and maintain our Hospital Physicians affiliation.

The services provided by the <my practice> program include, but are not limited to:

  1. Same/next day urgent appointments, absent extraordinary circumstances;
  2. Extended appointment times;
  3. A summary/review letter after yearly physicals and Medicare Wellness visits sent via  MyChart[8] (or mailed letter if not using MyChart):
  4. "No Charge" E-visits. Hospital has started $35 MyChart E-visits for common acute illness if unable to come in for an appointment. These are charged directly to you and are not covered by insurance/Medicare. Instead of using the E-visit option, simply send me a normal MyChart message as you have done in the past, or just call the office. If necessary, an office visit may be required for the best diagnosis and care. Again, do not use the MyChart E-visit option.
  5. Forms or letters at your request not in connection with an office visit;
  6. Scheduling specialty appointments if an expedited referral is necessary.

This program is not covered by insurance or Medicare and does not count toward your deductible. In most cases you can use your Health Saving Account (HSA) to pay the membership fee. Upon payment you can request a detailed receipt to submit for HAS reimbursement, should one be required. Unfortunately, Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) are not eligible for the fee.

Since <my practice> is a membership with limited number of patients, the signed payment card and annual fee are due January 31, 2020. Children of paid <my practice> members under the age of 27 are covered.

Payment is $350 annually by cash, check or credit card. Those wishing to pay $175 semi-annually may do so through credit card only, with an automatic payment charged July 1, 2020. The plan runs January 1st through December 31st each year.

Your health and well-being remain my top priority. I appreciate your confidence in me and look forward to taking care of you in 2020. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

J.…, MD

The Hospital Physicians

It is recognized by many doctors that, with the increased numbers of Medicare patents and the push for socialized medicine, they must do what they can to maintain their practice's income.  It is no doubt that as time progresses, this doctor will increase his/her fees such that eventually many on fixed incomes will not be able to afford his/her services.

The following is in response to the above letter from a friend and retired healthcare professional.

Hey ...

This is the direct result of government and insurance meddling in health care as well as the ACA (Obamacare.)

If a doctor takes too much time with a patient – they can now be fired because they are not rushing them through the pipeline fast enough – which has happened. I’ve actually know of instances and heard of many more from others.

If a doctor wants to give quality care and use his own personal expertise, he has to protect himself from insurance, corporate and ACA regulations.

These doctors have changed to a concierge practice so they can at least compensate themselves for spending more time and not hurrying patients through.

This doctor is right; most doctors going to this are charging $1000-$3000 in your state. In some states, it can range upwards from 5 to $10,000 a year – maybe more.

I have gotten this question from others before. If you trust this doctor, and it looks like you do… Honestly, whatever it is, if you value your healthcare with a good doctor, I would pay this.

Now, I am not in love with living on retirement. Take it or leave it now. So would I do this? I do not know – maybe – because trust is important and doctors who are rushed – who are human and deal with humans not robots, can make a mistake rushing to the ridiculous demands of the corporation/insurance/government.

However, for you, who want to continue living healthy, I honestly would do it. It is such a low fee compare to what I have seen. Shows he’s surely not greedy, he just cannot take the “firm,” as I call it, dictating his professional practice when he is the doctor not the CEO, government idiot, insurance lackey, or who are uneducated in medicine.

I absolutely know people who have done this and are happy for a much higher cost. They like the peace of mind and knowing their doctor does actually care. These doctors only take a limited number of patients so they can give what they promise. I would do it right away.

Honestly, as your health is important and the socialized medicine we are veering towards is not successful despite the liberal uneducated viewpoint.

I care about this issue – and you as well!

Rushed as always,

P…

Right now, I am fortunate enough I can afford this doctor's services.

S December 24th 2019

   

Footnotes  [click on number to return]

[1] The stress of the job necessitated that I seek help from a physician for nervous disorders such as hearing loss, blackouts, and possible hallucinations.

[3] Over 70% of working age blind in America are living on social security with the majority on SSI.

[4] COLA - Cost of Living Adjustment

[5] PERS - Public Employees Retirement System

[6] Wikipedia - Delaying Gratification

[7] Concierge medicine (also known as retainer medicine) is a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer. This may or may not be in addition to other charges. ... Estimates of U.S. doctors practicing concierge medicine is increasing exponentially

[8] MyChart is a common name for a web service portal used by patients to login and read or send messages to their doctors, see test results, and make appointments.

[9] These indelibly permanent markings are called tattoos.  A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, indelible into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative, symbolic, and pictorial.

While tattoos are considered permanent, it is sometimes possible to remove them, fully or partially, with laser treatments. Typically, black and some colored inks can be removed more completely than inks of other colors. The expense and pain associated with removing tattoos are typically greater than the expense and pain associated with applying them.

Basically tattoos are permanent; so therefore it is wise to think before having them applied. What’s good today may not be good tomorrow. One can change their clothing, but what is permanently affixed to the skin will follow one around for the rest of their life. We can mature, change our life style, but we cannot change our skin, especially if we are tattooed over a considerable part of our body. It was cool and in style then, but now…

Tattoos tend to bind a person to a way of life. These tattoos are often engraved during a time of less maturity, usually when a person is young. Then when the person grows older and becomes more mature, they will be unconsciously bound by their body markings. These body images represent their feelings and beliefs when they were young. Then as they age, they will be reminded of these young days. As a consequence, the indelibility of these markings will hold them back so as to not appear to be out of place in society. A young biker dude will have some difficulty as an elite executive in a multinational corporation. His cool tattoos were placed such that they were for others to see. Now he is reminded of these times and there is a possibility he won’t be accepted. Unlike the non-tattooed person, it’s difficult for him to hide his past. So, why bother trying. Just be someone a former biker dude would be.