Hello, Dr. Keith Smith with you – Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Thank you for joining me in this video blog series.

Well, April 15th has come and gone and, as Chris Rock famously said, “You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” And many of you now understand that the Unaffordable Care Act was simply a tax increase. It was not well-intentioned, meant to give people coverage – it was intended to make the purchase of insurance mandatory. And that is very good for people who are selling this insurance, if you want to call it that.

You’ve also understood that it’s a tax increase. If you have not guessed properly about your income, then you owe some of the subsidies that you received if you have one of these plans. If you have decided you want no part of ObamaCare, and you didn’t buy these policies, then you’re beginning to see these tax penalties appear on your tax return. …What choice do you have? There’s no way out, right? Wrong!

Check out Samaritan Ministries. This is your way out. The people at Samaritan Ministries have long understood that the problem with healthcare in this country was not a lack of coverage, it was the  ridiculous cost, it was the ridiculous price. And they have found facilities like mine and have heavily promoted what we’re doing with our price transparency. And ultimately, lots of Samaritan Ministries members have come here.

The way it works is, rather than buy insurance, you share the burden of your fellow members. It’s truly a beautiful, cost-sharing ministry and it’s something that I recommend you check out. They have a huge infrastructure and they are set up to absorb as many members who come at them, I believe. And so there is a way out. And you’re not in a position where you have to buy these policies from the government or be uncovered. You can join Samaritan Ministries and that’s what many many people are doing.

Samaritan Ministries  underwrote this documentary:  Wait Till It’s Free, by the brilliant movie producer Colin Gunn. I highly recommend you go to the website or the Wait Till It’s Free website and get this documentary and check it out. There’s a who’s-who of folks that star in this documentary: Daniel Hannon, one of the politicians in Great Britain who’s very outspoken about national healthcare. Yours truly – I’m in there.

John Mackey is also in there. John Mackey, as many of you may know, is the CEO of Whole Foods.  And he makes a statement in the video. He says “government fundamentally does not work.” And I agree with him, except I would add a caveat: government fundamentally does work for the few folks who are on the inside, for the people who know the rules and for those who brought their checkbook to D.C. to buy favors. Government works very well for them. And this has been going on for quite some time.

For the rest of us, government doesn’t work at all. It doesn’t work at all particularly for healthcare. His comments are very insightful and brilliant. It’s a wonderful video. Again, Wait Till It’s Free.  I cannot say enough good things about this video. And about Samaritan Ministries in general. There is a way out. Check out Samaritan Ministries online. They have a great website.

I hope this has been informative and I think many of you will be relieved when you see what they have for you on their website. Thank you for joining us. This is Dr. Keith Smith.  We’ll see you next time.

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