Op-eds
Medicare Turns 50: Will It Still Be There for YOU 10 Years from Now?
Medicare Turns 50: Will It Still Be There for YOU 10 Years from Now?
By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. Medicare was signed into law on July 31, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. Unlike ObamaCare, Medicare had broad bipartisan support. It is Title 18 of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in charge, but the nuts-and-bolts administration is in the hands of regional private carriers. Medicare is a single payer in that funding comes from the taxpayers, but it is like ObamaCare in preserving a lucrative role for private cronies, the “carriers,” who receive and disburse the government money.... read more
Has Organized Crime Hijacked our Medical Delivery System?
Has Organized Crime Hijacked our Medical Delivery System?
By Alieta Eck, MD - http://zhcenter.org What is organized crime? The dictionary defines it as a means of generating income through bribery and threats of grievous retribution, often buying political patronage for immunity from exposure and prosecution. Perpetrators of organized crime typically use credible front organizations, such as hospitals and charities. These establishments do not tolerate competition and constantly fight for monopolization, or “market share.” When organized crime is involved, goods and services cost more. So how does this apply to our current medical care delivery “system?” Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, there is a concerted effort... read more
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Policy Initiatives
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Policy Initiatives
Published Jul 12, 2012, Revised Jul 20, 2015 In the Oath of Hippocrates, physicians promise to work for the good of their patients, according to the best of their ability and judgment, and to do no harm. AAPS members support a return to this ethic in American medicine, and oppose programs and laws that harm patients by subjugating their care to the interest of the government and third parties. Reform Issues: Access to care is restricted because of burdensome regulations and mandates. Fraud and waste is rampant because of third-party payment. Employer-based insurance discourages rational insurance practices. Regulations are stifling... read more
Supreme Court Murders Rule of Law
Supreme Court Murders Rule of Law
By Tamzin A. Rosenwasser, M.D. Morality is always higher than law. Any sincere system of law, beginning with the Ten Commandments, is the human attempt to express morality in language. Law is itself higher than whim. When law expresses “malus in se” it expresses that an offense against that law is “evil in itself” as determined by human experience. “Malus in se” laws include those against murder, robbery, bearing false witness, adultery, child abuse, and so forth. “Malus in se” is distinguished from “malus prohibitus.” “Malus prohibitus” laws are those that a government body produces to prevent people from doing... read more
ObamaCare, Tried in Greece, Leads to Bankruptcy, Rioting & Bloodshed
ObamaCare, Tried in Greece, Leads to Bankruptcy, Rioting & Bloodshed
Originally published October 2010. By Alieta Eck, MD Some people learn from others' mistakes, and some have to "learn the hard way."  Will America follow the lead of countries who have actually tried their own version of ObamaCare, or could we still learn from their mistakes?  In a remarkable statement, the International Monetary Fund has recommended that, before any bailouts are considered, the Greek government must privatize transportation, energy and health care to rein in costs.  The IMF recognizes that increased government involvement in health care does not save money.  It also does not lead to better health care. In... read more
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