Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel appeared on Fox Business Tuesday afternoon and expressed strong resentment for having to provide more health care coverage to sicker Americans in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare.
SIEGEL: Tom, that the untold story. There has been no consideration to the fact that many physicians do not take insurance. Many surgeons don’t take insurance…The more Obamacare floods the gate, the less they will take insurance. If they’re not getting paid and an insurance company says, I have to cut somewhere.
They are forcing me to cover all pre-existing conditions, which sounds great. Let’s take care of everybody’s pre-existing condition. You lie on the couch for 30 years, you never exercise, you gain weight, you eat all the wrong foods, you get diabetes and now you have Obamacare. But the fact is, doctors don’t have to play ball with it. If they are not paid enough they won’t play ball with it.
Right. So people who gained weight for other reasons will be accepted by this great humanitarian, because his phone questionnaire prior to granting an appointment will be something along the lines of what is your favorite snack food, and how many hours of MASH re-runs do you watch per day (WHY IS IT ON ALL THE TIME DON’T THEY KNOW IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO ANYTHING ELSE WHILE IT’S ON?) and do you do yoga while you watch it or something?
There is this horror story that has been going around since the health care debate started, about undeserving shitty people who will get health care that, I dunno, rightly belongs to Olympic athletes or something, as if people would deliberately make themselves fat and sick because that’s like winning the lottery around here. I don’t know if anybody’s noticed but fat people seem to be treated kind of shittily by everyone regardless of how or why they are fat, so it’s not like it’s an automatic boon for them or something. And nobody wants to be sick, for any reason, anytime, at all.
I think we keep missing that, in this high-minded conversation we keep having about fat pieces of shit who should have known that very first pork rind was their mortal enemy. Nobody wants to be sick. Nobody tries to get sick. The reasons they end up sick are, generally, not obvious at first, and a lot of them have to do with the bad luck of being born into a family in which eating a single piece of string cheese leads to Administrative Ass.
And that there is no way around this is the real reason the entire insurance system and the way we decide who is worthy of health care needs to die in a fire. Because nobody’s a great risk. Nobody is not about to die. Nobody is safe. That’s the thing we’re all so determined not to think about. You can run every single day and wind up with a tumor. I know a guy who had a heart attack while taking a fucking nap. I don’t know how many of you have had serious health problems but once you start learning about how your body actually works, about all the things that can go wrong inside you, you start looking at it with horrified fascination and asking who the fuck designed this thing? It is so perilously easy for these machines to fail. You’d go nuts if you concentrated on it too long.
Much less if you started concentrating on all the things that can go wrong with everybody else. So it has to be something they did, to make thesmelves unworthy.