(Insert Disclaimer: I've always/only spoken for me - and only me - both then and now. It's America. I'm supposed to have that right. When did physicians lose that right? To coin a melodic phrase, "You don't own me . . .")
I blew the whistle on bad care eighteen years ago - in my own hometown hospital. The baby whose life I saved is now a beautiful young woman going off to college . . . a woman-of-faith whose baptism I attended with tears in my eyes. How can one regret that?
It certainly cannot be taken away - never mind that almost everything else I ever worked for and wanted was ripped from my grasp . . . by greedy mill-town good-ole-boys who lied to everyone's faces . . . and suffered no consequence whatsoever . . . because all of the hallowed organizations we look to for protection could not be bothered by one small-town doctor's god-awful experience in state-and-Federal service.
Of course, it all happened during the days of "Hillary's Village", so no one cared.
This "dime-a-dozen" Pediatrician fought a good fight. I actually "won" the fight. But I didn't really . . . couldn't . . . actually never had a chance.
The game was fixed from the beginning.
But I'm NOT SORRY for fighting.
I'm chasing different dreams now . . . as my profession continues to crumble around me . . . and my specialty continues to melt down at the community hospital level (Pediatrics is swimming upstream against forces I identified, and problems I predicted over a decade ago).
I'll keep trying/treading water until I can't see daylight.
A public servant's life in Hillary's Village was bad enough . . . but our current Golfer-in-Chief thinks Pediatricians do tonsillectomies for the money.
(We don't do them at all.)
Barack Obama's "reform" didn't fix any of the things that really needed to be fixed. The ACA is a glorified Ponzi scheme doomed to fall in on itself. Meaningful/reasonable/responsible/ethical oversight of medicine has become next-to-non-existent . . . beholding only to the almighty dollar and buried under stacks of regulations and piles of paper/binary code. Meanwhile, science/common-sense has taken a back seat to money-grubbing political howlers flinging their poo . . . while American journalism sinks into a Joker-worthy acid-slime-bath that makes Pravda look noble.
Back when this blog was a force of my nature - I did tell you so.
The blog is mostly archived now. The material is going to be used for something else - but I've been waiting for the happy ending.
(11/7/2016 Update: I thought I did - but I don't have the energy. It's just not in me - after twenty years of fighting the good fight, I'm tapped out. Like many doctors of my generation, repetitively stomped, I'm hanging on by my fingernails and expecting the worst. All I can hold onto is 2nd Chronicles 7:14.)
TAKE IT FROM THE ONCE-BRIGHT-EYED/UBER-IDEALISTIC GIRL WHO WENT OFF TO MEDICAL SCHOOL, AND THEN CAME "HOME" TO PRACTICE PEDIATRICS . . .
. . . JUST SAY NO TO HILLARY CLINTON!
SHE IS NO CHAMPION OF WOMEN OR CHILDREN (I AM A STILL LIVING/BREATHING EXAMPLE), AND HER SOCIAL/POLITICAL POLICIES ARE POISON FOR THIS ONCE-GREAT NATION!!
FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-GOD-AND-COUNTRY, PLEASE JUST SAY NO!!!