Let's start, as we must, with a Debra J. Saunders patented NO RELATION TO THE TRUTH OR ANYTHING ACCURATE HEADLINE:
Obamacare czar: don’t get annual physical
The problem with this inanity, of course, is that there is no "Obamacare czar" and even if there was, it would not be Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who doesn't even work for the federal government. At one point in time, he was a health care adviser to the president, but that doesn't make him an "Obamacare czar" any more than once flying coach on United makes Debra J. Saunders a fighter pilot.
Here's how this vapid piece of semi-literate garbage begins:
This opinion piece kills me. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, brother of Rahm, is a former senior health care adviser to President Obama. Now he writes a piece in The New York Times telling people to skip their annual physical. It says, “Most think of it as the human equivalent of a 15,000-mile checkup and fluid change, which can uncover hidden problems and ensure longer engine life.”
“There is only one problem: From a health perspective, the annual physical exam is basically worthless.”
Debra's belief that an op-ed can kill her is roughly consistent with her level of intellect and understanding of Emanuel's column. Anyway, if you read the actual column, it's based on a study of 182,000 people over 9 years that found that annual checkups "are unlikely to be beneficial."
Big fucking deal. So don't get an annual physical if you feel fine, right? NOPE. In the fevered imagination of Debra J. Saunders, this the #Benghazi of health care.
Remember the 2008 sales pitch about how universal health care would mean regular doctor visits that would keep people healthier and hence out of the pricey emergency room? That’s how Obamacare would cover more people without driving up costs — that was the con-job argument anyway. In that spirit, the Affordable Care Act considers the annual physical to be an “essential benefit” for which there is no co-payment.Oh God, Debra J. Saunders. I hope this is an act because if you're actually this stupid I fear for your safety when handling scissors or alighting upon a curb. If there is something wrong with you, it is demonstrably true that a doctor's office visit is cheaper than going to the emergency room. And perhaps some people - like those with chronic health problems - need annual physicals. What the Emanuel op-ed says that if you're otherwise healthy, studies show that an annual physical is unlikely to confer health benefits. Why is that so hard to understand?
And finally, Debra J. Saunders, Dr. Emanuel is not empowered to control how often anyone sees the doctor, so if you want to have 14 physicals a year, and you can find a doctor as equally stupid as you, go for it.