In the simultaneously intense and kind of boring health care debate, there’s a fair amount of pandering and mongering of fear to those of us who currently have health insurance.  For some reason, there’s political value in being seen as a person who will block interference between “you and your doctor”.  I don’t have a lot of contact with my doctor.  I’ve been a Kaiser guy for several years now, and have only seen my primary care doctor twice; once when I switched to Kaiser from Blue Cross, and another time a few years later as a precursor to being shuttled off to a specialist.  And those two visits were with different doctors – I’ve had four of them since moving to Kaiser; two I’d never met.  Every once in a while I get an email saying that I’m getting a new primary care physician, and to check out her Web site for an introduction.  That’s fine with me –  I like the efficiency, and the results are good.  So this argument regarding keeping the dialogue between doctor and patient barrier-free isn’t working for me.  A bit more concerned about completely losing access to health care if my employment ends, or I come down with a pre-existing condition.

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