And so, we are losing our doctor. I can’t blame him for backing away from the private practice that not so long ago he was working hard to build up. No longer is it enough that he mastered the art of medicine; to continue full-time in private practice he would have had to also master the Affordable Healthcare Act, and then master the ability to comply with it — or pay someone to handle these labors of Hercules for him. Not that I have had time to read the “Affordable Health Care” Act, either. It has been more a matter of paying the rising insurance premiums and losing access to a doctor we really liked, as we find out what’s in it. This is a document compared to which even the UN budget reads like Shakespeare’s sonnets. On the occasions I have tried sampling it, I have found it so full of impenetrable cross-references, opaque clauses and intricate bits of incoherent social engineering, there is simply nothing that, as an average citizen, you can do with it, except maybe weigh it — and the accompanying 10,000-or-whatever pages of regulations.
Here’s a random sample, below, plucked from page 1707. Seems to me the real message here is that it’s folly these days for anyone to go into medicine. Just go straight to law school. And hope you never get sick.
(i) INCREASED FUNDING TO FIGHT FRAUD AND ABUSE.—
(1) IN GENERAL. — Section 1817(k) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i(k)) is amended—
(A) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
‘‘(7) ADDITIONAL FUNDING. — In addition to the funds otherwise appropriated to the Account from the Trust Fund under paragraphs (3) and (4) and for purposes described in paragraphs (3)(C) and (4)(A), there are hereby appropriated an additional $10,000,000 to such Account from such Trust Fund for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2020. The funds appropriated under this paragraph shall be allocated in the same proportion as the total funding appropriated with respect to paragraphs (3)(A) and (4)(A) was allocated with respect to fiscal year 2010, and shall be available without further appropriation until expended.’’; and
(B) in paragraph (4)(A), by inserting ‘‘until expended’’ after ‘‘appropriation’’.