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Doctors Speak to Congress on Behalf of Patient Care

Let’s hope they listen.

Read (or watch) what three physicians have to say about how the PPACA –and the myriad of regulations which it is generating– will cost us more dollars and freedom without delivering  better medical care.



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  Roxanne Albertoli wrote @

What the PPACA proposes is abolishing the patient-doctor relationship, as Dr. Haynes writes. It will substitute bureaucrats in place of doctors, telling both the doctor what to do and the patient what to expect and be happy with.

Please note, doctors, THIS is what is desired by the government. They want doctors (and patients) under their thumbs. You’ll “practice” medicine within the narrow confines of what they tell you do to, and the patient will just shut up and endure it.

And what type of person will want to be a doctor in such a set up, where the judgment of the doctor is not wanted, where an unknown third person has power of life or death, cure for an illness or worsening an illness? Based on what knowledge? Statistics? But what if the patient, me, is not a statistic but an individual with a unique body, mind, ability to follow directions, take risks and make efforts to get well, etc? What if I don’t fit the paradigm Berwick outlines. In that case, it’s tough tacos for me.

Freedom to think and to pay a doctor what that doctor is worth are the ONLY solutions to the quandary medicine is in. For those who cannot pay anything for their health care, private charity is the ONLY moral answer. Private medical insurance makes sense for catastrophic/chronic illness. But fundamentally, medical care is not a right, anymore than food, clothing or shelter are rights. No one has the right to demand that another’s wealth fund their own medical care, no matter how needy that person is. Voluntary charity is the only moral solution for those few who are incapable of paying for their own care. Once the free market gets going in medical care, there will be medical care for every level of pocket book- but that is secondary. What’s most important is that it is immoral to indenture part of the population for the other half, in the name of “free” medical care, with bureaucrats and politicians as the overseers, and doctors as the entirely indentured professional caste.

Why are doctor’s s intelligence, capacity for hard work, and sheer ability, the distinguishing factors that mandate they are to become creatures of the state? This isn’t a coincidence: the bureaucrats claim it’s BECAUSE doctors have intelligence and ability they will not be allowed to exercise either nor receive the fruits of their labors in profit. Isn’t this an example of good doctors being penalized BECAUSE they are good?

Freedom is a necessity, not a luxury, for humans. Doctors must be free to think, to use their judgment; patients must be free to choose treatments, to choose from the best of doctors, to consult with a doctor who cares and understands what happens to the patient, and takes responsibility for the treatment chosen. How can a faceless, anonymous bureaucrat care what his or her decision does for a patient? After all, that bureaucrat was just doing what he or she was told to do, just following the statistical rules, just being mindless. With the PPACA, how is any patient to know if what their doctor is being told to do is to their benefit? It seems man’s mind is the one aspect of medicine that Berwick and his ilk find dispensable.

People must assert that the 14th amendment freeing the slaves applies to doctors and patient’s too.

Roxanne A.

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