Vigil, a retired surgeon who still practices medicine in the Albuquerque, N.M. area, says the event is ongoing through Mar. 31, as that is the deadline for individual enrollment set by the Obama administration.
As of this writing, the event has over 22,000 participants, but Vigil says more -- many more -- are needed for the event to have any real impact.
"It's a numbers game," he said. "We need to get a few hundred thousand or maybe a few million to say no before anyone will take notice."
As a doctor, Vigil says Obamacare will only increase the economic burden by forcing healthy people to pay for something they do not want or need, adding that the law adds a huge layer of governmental bureaucracy to the mix.
As a private citizen, he says his biggest problem is the mandate forcing people to buy something they neither need nor want, like maternity coverage for elderly men or women who are beyond childbearing age.
Moreover, he said that as a general or primary care practitioner, he should be for the law, because more people with insurance means more visits and therefore more business.
"But that's not what will happen," he said. "What will happen is that the insurance companies with the expanded enrollees will adopt the medicare/medicaid fee reimbursement model and will force docs out of private practice."
Doctors, he said, "don't want to put up with the decreased reimbursement on top of the red tape that goes along with complying with their rules and regulations that we have to do if we accept payment from them."
One regulation, he said, forces doctors to ask if there is a gun in the house. Another, he added, prohibits him from giving professional courtesy or discounts to cash paying patients.
"Medicare," he explained, "has a rule that you cannot provide services to anyone for an amount less than what they will pay for the same level of service."
And the government periodically audits his records to ensure compliance.
For example, he said, "medicare might ask me for 100 charts to see if I have asked if there are guns in the home."
"If I have not checked off the question or indicated it in my notes at least 95 percent of the time, I am not in compliance," he added.
His patients view that as an invasion of privacy, he told Examiner, and once Obamacare is fully implemented, all patients will come under the same scrutiny.
"Most of my colleagues my age and older are just gonna get the hell out," he said when asked about the reaction he's received from other doctors, adding that it will cause a "real brain/experience drain in American medicine."
"Medicine," he said, "at least the art -- has traditionally been passed on from the white hairs to the youngsters and that will be lost."
Vigil went on to say that in the end, Americans will have either "a bunch of young indoctrinated book smart doctors" that don't understand the nuances of patient care, or a number of immigrant doctors willing to "work for peanuts" and put up with the overbearing regulations.
The event can be seen here.
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