We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am weary. After nearly 30 years in private practice, I am not sure which straw broke the camel’s back, but it is most surely broken. It is a weariness born of 14 hour days; of dictating charts and finishing paperwork until 8 or 9 pm each night, after starting the day at 7 am; of endless audits by the insurance industry and Medicare; of the constant threat of litigation; of the crushing burden of one more federal requirement mandated but never recompensed; of a host of ever-expanding administrative burdens having nothing to do with patient care, and everything to do with bureaucratic micromanagement of the profession. And this before we have even begun to see the nightmare which Obamacare will inflict. Camels weren’t designed to carry such a load.
But the change (ie the change Dr. Bob is making) is nevertheless much anticipated in a host of other ways, with its reduced administrative and regulatory burdens, and substantial increase in free time. For me, the war is over: I have fought the good fight, and no longer see it as profitable to battle the inexorable forces which threaten to crush a beloved profession.
I used to go to a private practitioner and got the best care with him. He retired and I went to a larger office that was in my plan. Nice people, probably adequate care, but, for example, my physicals are noticeably less extensive than I used to get.
O'care is MEANT to drive the individual out of business - at all sectors of the economy. Large institutions are much easier to control and/or unionize.
@ Hobbit Reps - Hmmm, so, does that mean that Obambi is Saruman or Sauron, and does that make DC Mordor (kinda puts the image on the back of the Dollar in a new light....)? Okay, then, whom on the Rep side is Aragon? Sure isn't anybody I know, except for Sarah Palin
I had to read Dr. Bob's full post to understand that he wasn't looking forward to Obamacare to reduce his administrative and regulatory overhead. The excerpt I interpreted as either "he's quitting" or "he's crazy".
And Asians are now white. How quickly our WWII Japanese Americans have improved from internment camps to "just like whites". And all others of Asian descent. Boat people from Viet Nam, for another example.
Mudbug ... "Will blacks ever become just like whites," you ask. I don't think so.They get too many breaks and special privileges from being black. They can push the 'sympathize' button simply on the basis of skin color, getting breaks on college entry levels, and special perks along the way. The folks I sympathize with are the hardworking young whites who are coming back from risking their lives as volunteers in our armed forces and getting few if any breaks on employment. I remember the late forties, when I was in college and many of our veterans got a chance at advanced schooling and training because of the GI Bill [one of the few government programs that produced what it was supposed to]. Now the "forgotten" section of our population is the white returning veterans.