Fwd: FW: Medical Appointmen​t at the VA

Subject: FW: Medical Appointment at the VA

I visited a VA physician last week who was quite enthusiastic. It was a “new” doctor in the practice, a young lady.
(Hell, at MY age, EVERYBODY is “young”! When I was born, the Dead Sea wasn‘t even sick!)
She was obviously a liberal by her dress and manner. I was thinking of hitting on her, but I don’t like the phrase she used:  “You remind me of my grandfather.”
She asked me what was wrong, and I replied, “I have a cut on my leg; and I think it may be getting infected.”
She said, “Before we start, I have to ask you a few questions. Are you allergic to any medications?”
I replied, “No.”

She said, “Do you have any guns in the house?”

I said, “HUH??”

She replied, “Guns. Do you have any guns in the house?”

I asked, “Why?”

She said, “I’ve got to ask this question. It is required under the Affordable Care Act.”

I asked, “What are you going to do with the data?”
She said, “We compile it, amalgamate it, and submit it to the government.”

I said, “Well, I have a Tommy Gun. I let my kid Tommy play with it.”

She said, “What’s a Tommy Gun? I don‘t think that is the kind of gun they are concerned with.”

With THAT, I knew I had a live one. I said, “It’s similar to a B.A.R., but a little heavier and shorter. I have a B.A.R. also.”

She said, “A B.A.R.?”

I said, “Yes.”

She looked puzzled. Then she brightened up and asked, “Do you have any assault rifles?”

I attempted to look puzzled, and said, “I don’t know. What is an assault rifle?”

She said, “That’s a gun that is used in wars.”

I said, “As a matter of fact, I do I have a replica of a Revolutionary War musket.”

She began to look a bit exasperated. I pretended not to notice and kept up the appearance of trying to be helpful.

She said, “Do you have anything more modern than that?”

I replied, “Well, yes I do. I have a replica muzzle loader from the Civil War. Do you know the difference between a musket and a muzzle loader?”

She rather peevishly said, “No, I don’t; and I don’t want to. What else do you have?”

I said, “I have an M-1.”

She asked, “What’s that?”

I said, “A rifle.”

She asked, “What kind?”
I replied, “It is called a Garand.”
She rather loudly said, “I don’t care if it is a grand rifle or not. Is it an assault rifle?”
To which I replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know what an assault rifle is. You say it’s a rifle used in war, yet you say that my musket and muzzle loader are not assault rifles.”

She calmed down (a bit) and asked, “Anything else?”

I said, “I have an MG-.30, and an MG-.50. I‘m also part owner of an Apache. But they are not rifles.”

She stated, “Well, then, I’m not interested in them. Anything else.”

I replied, “Well, yes. I also have a 12-gauge and a 20-gauge pump. They are not rifled though.”

She said, “I’m not interested in pumps; I’m interested in guns.”

I replied, “Well, then, I have a Colt, a Luger, a Glock, a bazooka, a Parabellum, a Kalishnikov, a Henry, an Uzi, a Llama, and a Beretta--but they are not rifles.”

She then said, “I’ve had enough of this. I think you’re toying with me. Let me see your leg.”

I then said, “Excuse me, but before you look at my leg, I have a few questions to ask of you.”

She replied, “Of course. What are they?”

I said, “I have given you a lot of information about my guns. I am somewhat concerned about your knowledge and ability to assimilate, make coherent sense of that information, and report it correctly. Do you know the difference between a .22 caliber and a .223 caliber? It’s a rather fundamental difference.”

She replied, “Actually, I don’t.”

I said, “I see. Let me ask some more relevant questions. “How much money do you make?”

She said, “That’s personal, why do you ask?”

I said, “Well, in pushing the Health Care Act, my president cautioned the population about doctors that would amputate a leg rather than treat a cut because they make more money that way. Consequently, I wish to know if you are financially troubled. What kind of car do you drive? What are your house payments? How much is your mortgage? How much credit card debt do you have? Do you have a student loan; if so, how much?”

She said, “I’m not going to answer those questions. You have no right to ask them.”

I then asked, “Do you have training and education in homeopathic techniques? Do you know the benefits/effects of CoQ10, ginseng, fish oil, Creatine, BCAA, and other such herbal treatments?” Do you know the difference between Panax ginseng, American ginseng, and Siberian ginseng?”

She replied, “Well, No!”
I then asked, ”Well, have you studied it at all?”
She replied rather defensively,“NO; it’s all a bunch of hogwash anyway!”
I said, “Oh, then you have read the research on it. What have you read?”
She then said, “I don’t waste my time reading such things. Why are you asking me these questions?”
I said, “Well, if I’m going to turn my body over to you for treatment, I believe it is reasonable for me to know something about your motivation, training, experience, and competence. Do you know anything about the practice of holistic medicine?”

She said, rather angrily “No, I don’t!”
I said, “Oh. O.K. How much experience do you have in practicing medicine?”

She replied, “Well, not very much.”
To which I said, “Well, we all have to start somewhere. What medical school did you go to; what is its rank in terms of other medical schools; where did you intern; and where did you do your residency? What is the rank of the hospital where you did your internship and residency?”
She rather peevishly said, “All my credentials are posted in the waiting room.”
To which I said, “Really? The rank of your medical school is posted in the waiting room? Do you have any experience with leg injuries? If so, how much?”

I guess that was too much for her. She rather crossly said, “I think it would be best if you saw a different doctor.” ...and started to leave the room.
I said, “You know, doctor. You asked me irrelevant questions about my guns, and I answered them. Whether or not I own guns is really none of your business and has absolutely nothing to do with any treatment you might prescribe. On the other hand, I ask you questions quite relevant to my situation, and you refuse to answer them. Isn’t that somewhat backwards?”
She said, “But I HAVE to ask those questions. It’s the law.” 

To which I replied, “Actually, it is NOT the law. Here is what the law says--taken directly from the Affordable Care Act:”
(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS.—A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a) (1) (D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information elating to:
(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or
(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.
(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION.—None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any information relating to-
(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;
(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.

“As you can see, you have broken federal law TWICE--once by asking, and once by collecting data.
It is perfectly legal for me to own guns; it is NOT legal for you to ask and/or collect such data.
YOU are breaking the law, and yet YOU are the one that is angry.
Not only that, but you erroneously stated that you must ask such questions, and you did it in a very authoritative and convincing manner.
You gave me false information, which I then acted upon by answering your questions.
On that basis, how can I be expected to trust your medical judgment?
When I attempted to ascertain your medical competency, you became defensive and hostile.”

“There is really no need for me to see another doctor in this practice. I‘ll go somewhere else, where my privacy is respected, and I can trust the information I receive.”

Semper Fidelis,
George E. Jones
Colonel , U. S. Marine Corps, Retired


gruaud said...

Strawmen everywhere are terrified.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever seen so many words devoted to saying, "This is a completely bogus story, and here's why!"

Anonymous said...

So this fella uses the VA and supports the ACA's restrictions on gathering firearms information?

That would make him in favor of government run healthcare.

Why are they right wing again?

Anonymous said...

HAW HAW! Dumb sexy doctor can't recite legislation! I'll show that bitch!

Anonymous said...

"I‘ll go somewhere else, where my privacy is respected"
As long as that somewhere else is another VA center where I don't have to pay for it!

Schitzengiggles said...

Several key clues this was a lot of BS.

1. It's on this website.
2. "She was obviously a liberal by her dress and manner." So how does one tell this upon first meeting someone by simply manner of dress?
3. Using a BLOG as a reference to prove their point. Typical RW thinking...use a RW blog to prove a point in another RW blog to prove something they saw on Fox News. Some people say....


Schitzengiggles said...

Correction...hey...I missed the link above the blog link...they actually got at least that part right.

Mr_Creosote said...

Comments so far spot on.

Always wondered though:

WTF is it with retired colonels and RWF's? WTF is it with all these retired colonels anyway? They must be the 3rd largest demographic numerically in the right wing world.

CharlieE said...

Why so many angry screeds from retired colonels? That's easy. Speaking as the son of a retired colonel, I can tell you that "retired colonel" is often a synonym for "passed over for promotion to general."

That would explain the anger, too.

All good comments above, BTW. A hat tip to all of you.

snarla said...

I can't imagine who takes the time to read a screed this long, let alone write one.

ferschitz said...

I live near a Marine Base, and a lot of retired Marines go to the gym I use. Some are retired officers and some are retired from lower ranks.

My observation is that they ALL love to vetch, bitch, whine, moan and complain about just about anything associated with the government, but OTOH, I'm sure that every single one of these guys (they're all men in this case) are using the VA and on Military pensions, etc.

My take away: too much Rush & Fox RUINS your brain. The end.

I don't know whether there is a for-real retired Col. Jones or whether some hack at a rightwing think tank made up this drivel. Either way, I can state that I have personally *heard* idoicies like this nonsense being RANTED (only way to describe it) at my gym.

The old geezers at my gym really get off on *bitching* about crap like this. Sheesh. I think they must be bored to tears and possibly have not much else going on in their lives. Whining gives them *something to do.* In which case, they should be *grateful* to have ACA to LIE about while moaning about it.

I wanna say: and did you spend all your time in the Military just BITCHING constantly about everything?

Buncha big time Losers. They all really need some new hobbies. Last comment is not snark.

Hooray4US said...

No wonder the GOP hired Clint Eastwood to rant at an empty chair. These wingnuts related to it! Meaningless complaining to the empty void.

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