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Debate Tantalized Voters on Healthcare Questions
This election will be decisive for the direction of American medicine, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The second Presidential debate, despite distractions related to comments made by Donald Trump 11 years ago, hinted at important questions and showed distinct differences between the candidates, states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. She made the following observations: Trump dropped two important names: Bill Clinton, who said ObamaCare is "crazy," and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a major architect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), who admitted it was based on misrepresentations. Hillary Clinton did not respond but promises to... read more
Doctors Suggest Questions on Health Care for the Presidential Debates
Doctors Suggest Questions on Health Care for the Presidential Debates
After viewing the first presidential debate and the vice-presidential debate, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) suggests some questions to be asked in the next two debates about health issues that personally affect all Americans. Voters should also query candidates for Congress. Private medicine. Do Americans have the right to use their own earnings or savings, or charitable funding, to buy life-saving medical care privately? The proposed Clinton Health Security Act would have fined doctors $50,000 for providing a medical service outside the system. Conscience. Do doctors, nurses, and others have the right to refuse to participate in... read more
Hillary’s Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by AAPS
Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). About 20% said concerns were "likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records." Only 2.7% responded that they were "just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern." While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral... read more
California “Surprise Medical Bill” Legislation Will Harm Patients; Physicians Ask for Veto
“This bill will hurt everyone except insurance companies,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), states in a letter asking California Governor Jerry Brown to veto Assembly Bill 72, sent today following approval of the measure by the California legislature. The letter continues: “Promoted misleadingly as a means to end ‘surprise billing,’ AB 72 will actually enrich insurance companies while creating shortages of care for patients. Patients are increasingly being forced into narrow networks, in order to cut costs for insurers. The care they need is often not available in the network. Many... read more
MACRA (“Doc Fix”) Rule Can’t Be Fixed
Kris Held, MD
MACRA (“Doc Fix”) Rule Can’t Be Fixed
To great applause from the American Medical Association (AMA), Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), almost unanimously. It was hailed as the repeal of the notorious Clinton-Gingrich sustained growth rate (SGR) formula, which threatened large pay cuts for Medicare physicians every year. It was actually a “repeal and replace” with something far worse, writes ophthalmologist Kristin S. Held, M.D., in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. MACRA is not a step toward freedom, but is a more elaborate system of price controls. The rules implementing it are to take... read more
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