Let me preface this essay with the understanding that doctors, as a whole, are not to blame for the lack of care we are now receiving. Most would like to provide more service than time and reimbursement allows. However, volume is the only way they can pay back their student loans and live a decent lifestyle.

Here’s a comparative sample to illustrate how Obamacare works. WalMart. WalMart is not successful because they offer the quality found at Nordstrom at 20% of the cost. WalMart is successful because virtually anybody can afford a boxed three-piece kitchen appliance set (toaster oven, coffee maker and crock pot) for $39.95.

The appliances from WalMart won’t last as long as those from other manufacturers sold through premium retailers, but they do have a value. However, WalMart is able to sell cheap by buying cheap merchandise by the ship load.

Here’s another example. I once purchased a “lifetime tire rotation, balance and alignment” from Express Tire. I was having a problem with wear on my left front tire which I noted. I watched and measured the tread depth only to see that the left front was continuing to wear unnaturally on the inside. Back to Express Tire again, again, again, and again. This continued over a period of a year and about 12,000 miles before I took the vehicle to an independent shop.

For a single alignment at the independent shop, I paid over half the cost of the lifetime service at Express Tire. However, 5,000 miles later and the tire was wearing normally. When I went back to Dan’s Alignment for a routine maintenance adjustment, Dan shared some valuable information with me. He had worked for a similar outfit when he was younger, but was dissatisfied with what he was able to do for the customers.

There are three settings for alignment, they are camber, caster and toe. All three must be adjusted for proper alignment and tire wear. According to Dan, a common expression at Express Tire, Evans Tire and the like is, “Set the toe and let ‘er go”. Most drivers never know and continue to bring their car back to be sold unneeded ball joints, tie rod ends, struts, bushings, etc. Some even purchase new tires as theirs continue to wear rapidly.

Yes, some people who chose to spend their limited funds on things other than health insurance are now covered under Obamacare. No denying that. Some people who truly could not afford health care are now covered. However, Obamacare is not necessarily health care. It is more like, “Thanks for coming in today. Ooh, that’s a nasty rash. Here’s some ointment, NEXT!” In some cases it might be “Take this pill and sign your will”.


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