Opioids and the Agony of the American Health Care Act

Ronald Reagan once quipped that the 9 most terrifying words are “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.” With the Trump administration’s recent announcement of its plan to crack down on the pain pill epidemic, we may soon grow to fear the words “I’m from the federal opioid commission, and I’m here to help.” Meanwhile, the Republicans first stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare revealed a fundamental lack of seriousness. The failed American Health Care Act retained the central mandates from Obamacare that are leading to the “death spiral” of growing costs and shrinking options for insurance customers. If all of this bad news is giving you a headache, you’ll want to be sure to listen to this show. Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a general surgeon and regular guest on The Bob Zadek Show, helps Bob dissect the unintended consequences of government intervention in the sacred relationship between doctor and patient. In Arizona, where Dr. Singer practices, limits on prescription pain medication have already made it harder to optimally assist patients recovering from surgery. As government takes over greater control of the healthcare industry, we can expect less of a role for doctor discretion, and more decisions being made by bureaucrats without our best interests in mind.