Open Wide and Say Moo! The Good Citizen’s Guide to Right Thoughts and Right Actions Under Obamacare – the Audiobook
By Richard N Fogoros
Narrated by Richard N Fogoros
Publisher: Open Book Audio
Length: 14 hours 29 minutes
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Available both in mp3 and in audiobook format
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Open Wide and Say Moo! is also available in Kindle format, here.
Here you will find the (finally!) completed first draft of my book-in-progress, “Open Wide And Say Moo! – The Good Citizen’s Guide To Right Thoughts and Right Actions Under Obamacare.”
Comments, criticisms and suggestions are solicited, which I’ll thank you to leave here.
Update – September 1, 2012
Open Wide and Say Moo! is now revised and published!
Part I – Progressive Healthcare, and Why We Have Chosen It
Part II – What We Can Expect From Obamacare
Part III – What We Can Do About It
I am attempting to collect all the comments anyone cares to make (good or bad, constructive or de-constructive) regarding my on-going, real-time on-line book, right here. I am hoping that compiling all the comments in one place will help me with the CQI process. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Now that President Obama’s healthcare reform has become the law of the land, it is time for us to prepare ourselves for the real fight. Namely, will individual Americans ultimately be restrained, by law or by subterfuge, from using their own resources to pay for their own medical care? This notion is not as far-fetched as you might think. In this series of posts, DrRich explores this question, and demonstrates just how far we’ve already come in limiting the healthcare prerogatives of individuals.
Limiting Individual Prerogatives:
Part 1: The Real Fight Is Just Beginning
Part 2: Hillary Started It
Part 4: Medicare Already Does It
The “expert class” – the knowledgeable elites who are appointed by the Central Authority to establish the rules under which all of us in the great unwashed masses are to live our lives – will always (as a general proposition) tend to do great harm. Nowhere is this result more evident than in the policies promulgated in recent decades by the public health experts.
In each of the following three articles, DrRich deconstructs one of the major initiatives with which public health experts have assaulted the general public in recent years. Each of these three initiatives was launched with great fanfare, displaying all the arrogant certainty exuded by any religious zealot, but sadly, was based on what to any objective observer was clearly insufficient data. So the recent crusades against dietary fat, cholesterol, and salt each amounted to a great uncontrolled medical experiment, conducted on the entire population, in which each one of us was enrolled as an unsuspecting and involuntary research subject. The results of these massive experiments are just now coming to light.
Public health experts: stop them before they kill again!
Public Health Experts and The War Against Dietary Fat
Death panels? We don’t need no stinkin’ death panels.
As President and sole member of Glorious Old Farts of America (GOFA), DrRich is acutely aware of the many ways our healthcare reformers – even prior to the birth throes of Obamacare – have subtly laid the groundwork for ushering us old timers to Our Great Reward in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Whether or not Obamacare has death panels, if you are an old fart you’d better pay attention to what our compassionate leaders have in store for us.
The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), an incredible feat of visionary medical science blended with cutting edge engineering, a device responsible for saving thousands of lives a year, has gone from being a prototypical American success story to a symbol of healthcare excess. Today the ICD is widely castigated by the press, the public, the insurers, the government, and even most doctors as the poster child for expensive and wasteful medical technology. Consequently, the ICD and the doctors who implant them have become fair game for whatever the Central Authority wishes to throw at them. DrRich has explored this fascinating phenomenon in this series of articles;
In early 2010, The Covert Rationing Blog and the ACP Advocate Blog were named finalists in the 2009 Medical Weblog Award Competition, in the category of Best Health Policy/Ethics Blog. DrRich, who has been a vocal critic of the “New Ethics” espoused by the ACP (and other professional organizations), took the opportunity to challenge the ACP to a public debate on medical ethics.
The ACP initially accepted the challenge, but quickly withdrew from the field. Nonetheless, several entertaining posts resulted. If nothing else, the following posts clearly outline the glaring deficiencies of the medical professions’ “New Ethics.”
Part 1 – DrRich Issues A Challenge To the ACP: Since the Weblog Awards have seen fit to throw us together in a formal “contest” about medical ethics, let’s take this opportunity (for the sake of the voters) to debate the following proposition: The New Ethics promoted by the ACP is harmful to patients, and destroys the ethical underpinning of the medical profession.
Part 2 – DrRich Renews the Challenge: While the ACP cogitated on whether their new Weblog Awards finalist status obligated them, the mighty ACP, to respond to DrRich (best known as some guy in the blogosphere), DrRich revealed for them the Right Way to think about medical ethics.
Part 3 – The ACP Issues a Formal Response, and DrRich Rebuts: The Chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee responds, and informs DrRich that he makes much ado about nothing. DrRich offers a devastating rebuttal that, in the end, proves to be dispositive.
Part 4 – Further Goading By DrRich: Attempting to entice the ACP to respond to his rebuttal, DrRich becomes just a touch less polite, by offering a commentary on the ACP’s astounding exhortation that physicians practice “parsimonious care.”
Part 5 – Advice to Primary Care Physicians Who Labor Under the “New Ethics:” Having demonstrated the fundamental bankruptcy of the New Ethics, and the inability (or unwillingness) of their professional organization to respond to a reasoned challenge, DrRich offers some advice to the very physicians who are expected to work under these untenable ethical precepts.
Part 6 – Taking the Loss Philosophically: While considering himself to have won the Great Medical Ethics Smack Down (by default, if nothing else), DrRich graciously congratulates the ACP for their astounding, stroke-of-midnight victory in the Weblog Awards.
It is easy to be puzzled by Progressives. They tend to be so kind, compassionate and well-meaning, and they try so assiduously to make everything turn out so well for everyone – and yet their works turn out to be so destructive. What’s up with that? And why do Progressives so revere Diversity? And why is the utterance of certain words unforgivable, when there is no absolute good or evil? Why is religion anathema, and politics sacred? Why does individual liberty (and therefore the Great American Experiment) have to go? And why does the idea of eugenics keep popping up, like a lock of unruly hair?
If you are perplexed about such things, you have come to the right place. All is explained in DrRich’s Theory of Progressive Thought.
The obese, like the poor and the uninsured, will always be with us. And like the poor and the uninsured, the obese have served as a useful foil to healthcare reformers. But while their fellow foils are portrayed as sympathetic victims of hard-hearted right-wingers, the obese serve a different purpose. It it their role to illustrate for the rest of us how too much individual latitude invariably leads to bad choices (in this case, sloth, gluttony, greed and self-indulgence) which do grave harm to the collective; and which, for the good of the collective, justify (indeed, require) firmly (but kindly) applied limits on that individual freedom. In these articles, DrRich elaborates on the critical importance of demonizing the obese.