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Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
As the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hand down a decision that might rule Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) subsidies illegal in 37 states, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) urges Congress to let them expire. “Congressional Republicans are looking for a ‘bridge,’ a temporary extension as a ‘safety net’ for about 6.5 million people whose subsidies may be found illegal,” explained AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “They hope that might get the President to sign a bill that also does some good things like repealing the federal mandates.” The end to subsidies would... read more
AMA Seeks to Test Older Physicians
AMA Seeks to Test Older Physicians
In a vote without debate at its annual meeting, the American Medical Association agreed to develop guidelines to assess the physical and mental health of older physicians and review their treatment of patients. It is suggested that older physicians may be incompetent and harm their patients. Some occupations, such as piloting commercial aircraft, have a mandatory retirement age. Doctors decide for themselves when and whether to retire. “Practicing medicine is not like controlling a machine in which hundreds could die instantly if a pilot’s reflexes are not optimal,” states Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American... read more
Oregon Proposes to Force Public Employees to Use Only Medicaid Physicians
If HB 3300 passes the Oregon legislature, health plans in Lane County enrolling-public sector employees, including teachers, will not be allowed to contract with primary care physicians who do not serve the Oregon Medicaid program, states AAPS. At least 15 percent of the physician’s practice panel must be receiving medical assistance, unless the physician can demonstrate that he has not been able to attract enough patients despite adequate effort to do so. Oregon expanded Medicaid to 442,000 patients, including 44,000 in Lane County, its most populous county. But nothing was done to increase the availability of medical care. Some 13,000... read more
Telemedicine Is the Pretext for Corporate Intrusion into Medical Licensure
The stated purpose of laws being pushed in numerous state legislatures is to facilitate telemedicine and thereby ease the physician shortage. But the actual effect is to promote the agenda of a wealthy private tax-exempt corporation called the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), writes Paul Martin Kempen, M.D., Ph.D., in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. To be eligible for multistate licensure under the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, a physician must be board certified and, except for “grandfathered” physicians, undergoing the expensive, time-devouring proprietary “Maintenance of Certification” (MOC) process. In fact, the FSMB-designed Compact... read more
Did a Hospital Deliberately Place Patients at Risk to Retaliate against a Physician?
Hospitals are gaining increasing power to control the practice of medicine, and the independent physician is increasingly disfavored in the “healthcare reform” environment. In the shocking case of orthopedic surgeon Raymond Long, M.D., patients were exposed to contaminated irrigation fluids provided by the hospital. The physician’s efforts to prevent further patient infections were thwarted by the hospital, and instead of hiring a forensic infectious disease expert to investigate, the hospital demanded that the physician obtain a psychiatric evaluation, writes Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D. in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002, Dr. Long announced... read more
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