Not your Grandaddy's drug test.
We have all, well most of us, endured the sometimes embarrassing process called a drug test. To be sure, the merit versus lack of it has been long debated but one thing was always agreed upon. The purpose of the test was to prove you were not taking drugs that you were not supposed to be taking.
Well, that reason is diametrically opposed to the test I had to take this morning. I had to take a drug test to prove that I am taking the drugs I am scripted to take. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that this is a new mandatory drug screen designed to stop folks from getting scripts and then just selling them on the 'black market'. If what you are scripted to take isn't "in your system", then no more scripts - and prolly some trouble with LEO too.
I understand the problem. But I also know that drug testing is big business. My insurance company just incurred a costly test that really has no purpose. I know 100% that I take my meds. That means this is a guilty-until-proven-innocent exercise. I felt "accused" today by my own doctor, but the fella who took both my blood (for something else) and my urine that this was a new mandatory requirement. This wasn't from my doctor, this was from government.
I am left to wonder, is this part of Obamacare? (Yes that was rhetorical) Everybody on regular medication will now have to take monitored drug tests to demonstrate with their bodily fluids that they are taking them? And our insurance companies are going to have to pay for it?
Gee, it wasn't enough that Obamacare made my wife's employer switch providers, which has already seen me (and others) come upon difficulty in getting scripts filled. No, I have to take drug tests now to prove I take them when I do finally get them filled? Seriously?
This is kind of personal, but I share it here because I think there is so much "in it" that we can "see" now that Obamacare "is passed" that I think the only way we will really truly see it all is by sharing experiences such as this one. A great deal of time effort and money, not to mention my own personal business, was wasted today for precisely zero production.
What concerns me most here is that government has made it mandatory that individuals give up bodily fluids, and pay (out of pocket or via insurance) to have it tested in order to get medicine via scripts. This regulation is one huge, costly, unproductive boondoggle, imho (except for drug testing companies anyway). Obama must have had some good donations from drug testing companies.
Anybody else experienced this yet?