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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 12:43 PM
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My letter printed today-challenging the Tea party docs
http://www.thedailylight.com/articles/2010/08/10/opinio...

LETTER: Responding to columns
Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:50 AM CDT
To the Editor,

The recent columns by Dr. Eik and Dr. Watson that have appeared here over the last week with no rebuttal seem to be the opinion of many members of the New Tea Party. I am surprised, however, that it is also the general consensus of Ellis County as well. In the interest of fairness, I hope to point out what is inherently wrong with this mindset.

Some facts about Texas may help shed some light.The population of Texas in 2009 was 24,873,773.Twenty-seven percent of those citizens, or 6.7 million people, were without health care insurance in 2009. Two and one-half million Texans receive Medicare.Four million Texans (17 percent) receive Medicaid.Using the rationale supplied bt the esteemed physicians, repealing these programs would leave 13.7 million Texans with no health care coverage ... roughly half of the population.

Many medical groups favor Medicare and Medicaid support ... and actually want to see it increased.Among these groups are The American Medical Association (that splinter group you mentioned), as well as more splinter groups like The American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Cancer Society, National Council on Aging, National Rural Health Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Diabetes Association ... as well as many, many more splinter groups.

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons has endorsed elimination of medical coverage for anyone who is on Medicare or Medicaid as well as eliminating preventative health care to anyone who can not pay face value. (http://www.aapsonline.org /). This extreme idea comes at a time when our nation is seeing more jobs being shipped overseas, more companies unable to offer health care insurance and more people on the brink of poverty. If anything, our nation should support the increase in subsidies to physicians, surgeons, dentists and other health services. This will have the ultimate goal of reducing cost by taking care of problems pro-actively, instead of waiting until the problem is beyond help. It will encourage preventative medicine such as breast exams, prostate exams, colon exams, etc. which will catch diseases at an early, curable stage.

Is elimination of Medicare and Medicaid truly what the residents of Ellis County want?

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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 01:18 PM
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1. namely-this one...
http://www.aapsonline.org/newsoftheday/001109

Why the Government Cannot Control Medical Costs
Posted on June 28, 2010 by admin
By: Alieta Eck, MD

From the patients in my office we can learn why Medicare and Medicaid cannot control costs. Neither the President, the Congress, nor learned journals are telling these stories.

A spry, cheerful patient told me that she had fainted under the hair dryer in her beauty salon. The rescue squad rushed her to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. On the way, she was alert and speaking clearly with no weakness of her arms or legs. She told the rescuers that this had happened once before a few years ago.

All indications pointed to a simple fainting spell. Maybe she was dehydrated. The warmth from the hair dryer probably caused blood vessels to dilate and her blood pressure to drop.
Nevertheless, she spent three days in the hospital with EKG monitoring, and underwent a CT scan, an MRI, an EEG, and endless blood tests all normal. Several specialists were called in for this complicated case. Finally, the patient insisted on going home even though some advised her to stay a little longer. She commented on how she probably would never have even been admitted had she not been covered by Medicare. And Medicare (working people and their as-yet-unborn grandchildren) will probably pay more than $20,000.

A television commercial states, Last year, 9 out of 10 people got their Hoveround for little or no money. A perfectly healthy appearing actress, sitting in her fancy scooter, folding her wash, says, With Medicare and my insurance, I paid nothing out of pocket. Those commercials ignore the fact that someone is paying for those expensive scooters just not the actual users.

In a free clinic, one patient told me she preferred the brand name to the much lower cost generic. Why? I asked. My friend told me the brand name is better. Her prescriptions are covered by Medicaid, so all her medicines are paid for by someone else. I respectfully declined to write, brand medically necessary, and explained that although the medicine was free to her, the State of New Jersey is out of money and the generic will probably work just as well.

Are these patients or their physicians committing fraud? No. They are simply acting legally to enhance their own well-being, following the incentives set up by the unwieldy system. People with coverage do not care what costs they incur, and those who provide services benefit by providing more. As with the oil rig in the Gulf, there is a lot of pressure behind the leak. Adding more pressure as with the Democrats idea of saving money by covering everybodyis not the answer. It can only make things worse.

We have in fact already tried it in Massachusetts. The one-state version of ObamaCare functions only because of heavy federal subsidies. Massachusetts has tried to limit fees, and still the state is hemorrhaging cash. Massachusetts Medicaid went from $1 billion to $1.75 billion in 4 short years and the federal governmentactually the taxpayers from the other 49 states subsidized half that increase.
Will it take a bomb to stop the leak before we are smothered in oil or debt that our grandchildren will never be able to repay? What will be the result of the looming 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians?

Doctors who have been accepting steadily diminishing payments to care for the elderly are increasingly bolting out of the system. Savvy Medicare recipients will continue to secure their free Hoverounds, but the weaker, more confused, sicker, and more vulnerable will find that fewer physicians will be able to care for them. Once the nation is bankrupt, hospitals have closed, and physicians have found alternate ways to earn a living, real medical needs will not be met. The best medical care in the world will simply cease to exist. Then all Americans, young and old, will feel the pain.
There is a better answer, pointed out by Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX):

We need a system in America where patients pay cash for basic services, and carry insurance only for serious illnesses and accidents. Health maintenance is the responsibility of each of us individually. We cannot continue to collectivize the costs of healthcare and expect things to get better.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 01:20 PM
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2. and this one
The National Doctors Tea Party
Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 12:24 AM CDT
Dr. George Watson
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

While the original Boston Tea Party was sparked by a Tea Tax in 1773, the Doctors Tea Party of Aug. 7, 2010, is a response to an over-reaching, out-of-control government.

TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. Originally a grassroots organization of private citizens, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has stirred the sleeping masses of private physicians. These are the doctors who adhere to the original Oath of Hippocrates, preserving the patient-doctor relationship as sacred and confidential.

For historical perspective, remember the first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Massachusetts. The Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776, and the Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 to 1783eight long years!

Attention to Orders! shouted the adjutant. George Washington then gave the General Orders in 1776: The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

Washingtons sobering words could be paraphrased to doctors in 2010: The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this medical profession, and the safety of our sick and bleeding Patients depend. Remember doctors and Patriots, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Libertythat slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity (and Patients), if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

Richard Amerling, M.D., Board Member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons wrote The Physicians Declaration of Independence in December, 2009. See this at www.aapsonline.org

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons filed suit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) on March 26, 2010, specifically challenging the unconstitutional individual mandate.

Why is the National Doctors Tea Party necessary? The AMA would have you believe that it represents all the M.D.s, when only 17 percent of practicing physicians are members. Without the AMAs endorsement, Obamacare might not have passed. Without the lucrative monopoly of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codebooks, the AMA would have lost $70 million revenue from sales of the books to every doctor who bills insurance. Do you smell bribery or extortion? So, doctors who believe in the practice of private medicinethe patient-doctor relationship free of third party intrusionwere left out of the discussions. Now these doctors are speaking out on behalf of their patients privacy and protection.

And the doctors must protect themselves! S.2170 in Massachusetts would make licensure conditioned on accepting payment at the lowest statutory reimbursement rate under the Massachusetts Affordable Health Plan. Under PPACA, Dr. Robert Moser, of Georgetown University, said, it will develop incrementallythere will be universal capitation, the elimination of profit, the end of futile care.

Dr. Amerling and Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet wrote, The time has come for individual physicians to act in their own and their patients interests, and to defend the medical profession they should hold dear. Physicians must declare independence from third party control in our offices and for our patients, particularly from state-run health care.

The National Doctors Tea Party is every doctors chance to fight, as a Freeman for his patients and his profession. Should he fail, he will work as a slave on the government PLANtation.



George R Watson, D.O., serves as president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 02:43 PM
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4. Medicare reimburses our hospital 51% of costs.
Not charges, actual costs. How in the world can Medicare/Medicaid not control its spending when it's already reimbursing at only HALF of costs?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 01:23 PM
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3. Isn't that a nice service of the paper?
A fringe kook with a minority idea that appeals to the "I-got-mine-and-fuck-you" crowd can get an uncritical platform to disseminate his or her views based on hearsay, anecdote, innuendo and stove-piping a loose amalgam of facts and opinion. But real, live, actual, factual stuff that demonstrates what the people in the trenches (patients and their doctors) think is just brushed aside because they don't reach the desired conclusion.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 07:27 PM
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5. at least they printed it-I live in RED land.I can hardly wait to see the rebuttal..
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 08:11 PM
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10. Both sides were printed, thanks to W8LL. So it isn't an uncritical platform
as long as they print rebuttals. This is why LTTE are so important. They get their say, we get ours. And if we can put together a more rational argument (beautiful job on that W8LL), there are people who will consider these facts---as well as not feeling totally alone if they feel the same way.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 08:12 PM
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11. thank you!comments like your's keep me motivated!
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 07:37 PM
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6. KandR.
Thank you for putting so much of yourself into these letters to get the information out there....
Speaking the truth....giving the facts.....Making them actually think....priceless.

Keep up the great work!

peace~
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 07:54 PM
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7. Thank you SO much..you guys are great!
I just feel it's unfair for the folks here to get a one-sided report...especially when so many are suffering.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 08:01 PM
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8. Thank you.....
for you diligence in writing LTTEs. Texas (Texas?) is so fortunate to have you as a resident. :thumbsup:
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-10-10 08:07 PM
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9. wow...Thank you.It makes me feel so good!
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