But no. It was four pages from medicare they were obliged to ask me to fill out. I raised a skeptical eyebrow as I read some of the questions like am I depressed, do I feel like taking my own life, and some that got really intrusive. Besides it was about the moment, short term, and I'm told it may happen every time I go in. Why?
The gal at the desk was watching me. "You can decline," she said. "Just write declined on each page." I did just that.
Then when talking with the nurse who I know well enough and have a good relationship with asked me some really personal questions that I would have discussed with my doctor if I was so afflicted with symptoms or a condition. Again I was told Medicare had directed them to ask.
It was government interference to the nth degree and I wasn't about to leave a signed paper trail for which who knows who would have access. Big brotherism gone amok.
Now I see where in Obama's rush to inflict more gun restrictions, the people on Social Security may be prevented from buying a gun if incapable of handling their own finances.
I'm trying to connect the dots here. First, at my age or minus ten years, if I'm going to have a gun I most likely already do. As far as finances are concerned I've had a lot of acquaintances far younger who "Could be in the club but couldn't be treasurer" because of their mathematical ineptitude. So nix that as a measure.
Other boiler plate includes, subnormal intelligence or mental illness. Are we Social Security recipients the only ones with these maladies? I haven't seen a senior citizen as a mass murderer of late, have you?
Incompetency, an unspecified condition or disease rounds out the qualifiers. As determined by who? The kids who want to rush us to an early grave? Maybe the doctor who hasn't the heart to tell us he doesn't want us as a patient any more because Medicare doesn't reimburse enough to make us worthwhile?
Beware, its in the "mental health" part of his latest executive over reach.
It isn't just about who can and who cannot buy a gun or who or who doesn't have to fill out mindless forms that will end up in the cloud waiting to be hacked. It's about government sticking it's nose into every aspect of our lives whether or not we want it or need it but had best toe the mark or suffer the consequences.
It's going to be a very long year.