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ObamaCare: America’s Kidney Stone

By / 21 March 2014


The connection between the Affordable Care Act and a kidney stone first came to me when Nancy Pelosi, using her best On Golden Pond voice, famously stammered, “We have to pass it to see what’s in it.” While her words replayed on occasion in my recesses somewhere between the cerebellum and the ureter, the analogy didn’t fully dawn on me until I got my projected ACA compliant rates for 2015.

Apparently, by the time I amass all of the coverage this unread 2,000+ page mystery novel mandates, my monthly premiums will increase from $345 a month to $815. So rather than the $2,500 per year savings touted by the President, and despite the MSM’s never ending attempt to revise the numbers and convince us that the law will help, not hurt, my real increase will be over 130%. Not to worry though, my deductibles will only double.

This forever calcified my connection between the ACA and kidney stones: it will now burn when I pay!

Of course as details of this reality continue to emerge for people across the country, stories like mine have been sloughed off as “poppycock” by people like Sen. Harry Reid, a man who clearly has a vivid grasp on fantasies and imagination. I can’t begin to think what his safe word must be.

Sorry Senator, this is all very real to some of us. More real than even the clammy-handed milquetoast who plays your counterpart on House of Cards.

There are a variety of thoughts as to what is but here’s what I think:

The stark reality of adding more sick people of all ages added into the actuarial tables affects rates for everyone. Sure it’s the “right” thing to do, but it makes the increase in costs inevitable. While railing against the man over a cup of free-trade green tea latte, hipsters are quick to relegate this rise in costs to corporate greed.  However, no matter how shaggy your beard is or how many pairs of Clark Kent glasses you own, covering more doctor bills means paying more money.  Math is still math…or at least it will be for a little bit longer.

Also, individuals and families are being forced to pay for programs or coverage they don’t need. Via the ACA the administration has deemed that health insurance policies which don’t have things like birth control and pregnancy coverage are “sub-standard” and “junk.” I for one would like the government to leave my junk alone, as I previously dealt with my own prospective pregnancy concerns over a decade ago: one afternoon of pain, followed by a weekend of frozen peas and martinis. Now, as someone who more closely resembles a Florida orange (full of juice but totally seedless), I resent being forced to pay more for something I don’t need.

What’s the takeaway? First, if your rates haven’t gone up or your policy hasn’t been canceled, they will be. Mandates and delays aside, your day on the chopping block is coming. And if you have already been affected and left between a stone and hard website, tell your story loud and often.  Do your best to influence anyone who will listen.

If we provide so many voices that we can’t all be silenced maybe we can make the upcoming mid-term elections the cranberry juice needed to flush this law once and for all.

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About the author: Tim Wilkins

 After years of making various TV appearances, in 2006 Tim became the co-host of the Monday-Friday live morning talk show “Studio 10”, on the CBS station in Tampa, FL. Currently he is the face of MOR TV in Tampa and he also been seen nationally on HBO, ESPN2, Fox Sports, TLC, CW, WE Network, “The Daily Buzz”, “BetterTV”, “Daytime”, Nickelodeon’s “NickMom Night Out”, and CMT’s “Next Big Comic”. He can also be heard regularly on Sirius/XM radio’s comedy channels.


ObamaCare Victims Fight Back: We Are Not Liars and Phonies


Doctor to Reid

Watch the latest video at <a href=””></a&ampGRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX HOST: Tonight, the Tea Party is celebrating. What are they celebrating? Well, you are going to go to the party a little later.

But right now, the Obamacare horror show goes on.


SEN. HARRY REID, (D-NV), SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: There’s plenty of horror stories being told.

UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR: I’m going to have to be dealing with patients who could get taken off the drug that is now stabilized them and kept them from being disabled.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Our family, our premiums increased from $440 a month to $920 a month.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can’t afford that. I think I’m going to let it go and hope I can stay healthy.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife was diagnosed with stage-4 brain and bone cancer. We received this letter of cancellation.

REID: All of them are untrue.

UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR: I’m going to stop being a doctor when I know I could take care of somebody but I’m not allowed to use the medications that could provide that.

REID: All of them are untrue.


VAN SUSTEREN: Well, our first guest says Senator Harry Reid is wrong, Obamacare is a horror for real. And to her patients and her employees, it is a horror. Ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, joins us.

Good evening, Doctor.


VAN SUSTEREN: When you hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say these horror stories are wrong and untrue, what do you think? What do you say to him?

MCLAUGHLIN: I would just certainly hope that he said that in haste and that perhaps the information that was given to him came from a source that wasn’t correct. This is not the case that we are seeing in our practices and with stories patients are telling us.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, let’s go specific. Let me go first to your patients. You have patients who have insurance and they go to you. But now you have been knocked off one of the insurance networks. Is that correct?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I have been not dismissed but have nothing offered participation status in some of the subsections of one of the insurance companies. And that was insurance that would be covering individuals taking out insurance through the Affordable Care Act or through small business plans outside the Affordable Care Act. It also included them.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, does that mean that these patients that some patients of yours can no longer go to you unless they pay out-of-pocket?

MCLAUGHLIN: That’s correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have any of your patients said anything to you? Are they distressed by this or are they happy to sort of move on to look for another doctor?

MCLAUGHLIN: You know, most patients are attached to their doctor. We have had long-standing relationships. We don’t just take care of an illness. We take care of the human spirit as well. So we know things about their spouse, their children, their parents. We have gone through their trials and tribulations. There’s a relationship. Of course, they are distressed. And they don’t enjoy the fact that they don’t have freedom of choice any longer. It’s very, very confusing to them. It’s very distressful. They don’t know where to turn. They still will call us and ask for help. And, of course, we are willing it do that.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now you have also gotten squeezed because of what’s happened with your own insurance for your employees. What’s happened with them?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I had a small business plan and my employees were under my plan as well. So when my plan was cancelled, which was a very complex, very complete plan, but it was cancelled. And the reason given in the letter was that it had to do with not meeting the regulations of the Affordable Care Act. I mean, this completely confused me and came as a complete surprise. Well, you know, I had to then obtain a broker and start looking at other options because the subsequent plan that was offered by the same insurance company turned out to have a network that was so incredibly narrow, so restrictive, where my original plan had a robust network with many, many doctors, including myself on it, and the subsequent plan, didn’t have me or any of my colleagues or any of the doctors that myself, my husband, and my employees used. We didn’t lose just one doctor, we lost a lot of doctors. It was horrendous.

VAN SUSTEREN: Doctor, thank you. Good luck to you.

MCLAUGHLIN: Thank you so much.


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