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AAPS News April 2015 - Making Disaster Bipartisan
AAPS News April 2015 - Making Disaster Bipartisan
Volume 71, no. 4 April 2015 When it appears that Democrats have lost the battle to socialize medicine, the Republicans ride to their rescue. ClintonCare was defeated in Congress when people found out what was in it and who was behind it. Then the Republican Congress, which was elected largely because of opposition to ClintonCare, enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), with much of its wording imported directly from the Clinton Plan. Saying “HIPAA” generally refers to the rule-laden pretense of protecting privacy, but the law also incorporates the criminalization of medicine (especially errors in medical billing)... read more
AAPS News March 2015 - ObamaCare Bypass
AAPS News March 2015 - ObamaCare Bypass
Volume 71, no. 3 The new Republican-controlled Congress has passed yet another symbolic bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although many say that it can’t really be repealed until 2017, with a Republican in the White House. Obama is protecting his legacy: a “signature” bill that is hated by the majority of Americans, which is becoming more entrenched and doing more damage every day. Potentially good, possibly unintended consequences of ACA include severing the link between employment and medical insurance, the cause of much of the problem of pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, many will switch to dependency on bankrupt... read more
AAPS News January 2015 - The Destruction of Insurance
Volume 71, no. 1 The Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) has essentially destroyed the individual market for medical insurance, and is well on the way to eliminating employer-provided health plans. As Jonathan Gruber revealed, this is an intended though deceitfully concealed consequence. The attack did not, however, start with ACA. In 1965, more than half of U.S. seniors had private insurance. President Johnson destroyed this market overnight to assure the success of “his” program. In the early 1990s, AAPS past president Lois Copeland, M.D., visited a number of CEOs of insurance companies, looking for products seniors could buy to... read more
AAPS News December 2014 - The End Justifies The Means
AAPS News December 2014 - The End Justifies The Means
Volume 70, no. 12 AAPS and many others predicted the destructive effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) from the outset. MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has provided incontrovertible evidence that the bill’s architects also knew that Obama’s promises were lies. They are not stupid. Gruber is now “the avatar not only of Obamacare, but of liberal paternalism, a caricature of the snotty, know-it-all technocrat who will make decisions for people without consulting them,” writes David Dayen (Fiscal Times 11/21/14). Of the two types of advocates that Milton Friedman said were needed to promote bad policy, Gruber is a... read more
AAPS News November 2014 - War on Life
Volume 70, no. 11 Not so long ago, death was considered an enemy that doctors fought. They felt defeated if they “lost” a patient. Donald Seldin, M.D., founder of the medicine program at Texas Southwestern, said that the purpose of medicine was to “relieve pain, prevent disability, and postpone death.” Under the new order, death can be a “right” or a tool, and hastening death may be a means to the end of population health. Not all human life is a problem—just that which is unwanted, excessive, low-quality, not productive, imperfect, or not permitted (in China now, perhaps here in... read more
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