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Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama claimed that the “shadow of crisis” has passed, and all will be well. If Congress tries to unravel any of his achievements, such as the Affordable Care Act, he will use his veto pen. The President stated that in the past year, “about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” Most of those, however, were added to the Medicaid rolls, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). There was no mention of the millions of Americans who lost their existing coverage and were faced with... read more
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he will not pursue a single payer health care plan this legislative session or in the near future, expressing “huge disappointment.” The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) applauds the decision. “Private medicine has gotten a reprieve from a probable death sentence in Vermont,” stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. By setting all physicians’ fees and giving the five-member Green Mountain Care Board the authority to “guarantee” that all Vermont residents get “affordable and appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate setting,” Vermont would effectively outlaw private determination of fees... read more
America’s ‘Moral Detour’ into Eugenics Should Serve as Warning
America’s ‘Moral Detour’ into Eugenics Should Serve as Warning
Eugenics to most people means the unspeakable acts of Adolf Hitler and Dr. Josef Mengele. But some of America’s best and brightest promoted eugenics as “settled science” and necessary for the preservation of society, writes Marilyn Singleton, M.D., J.D., in the winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Attempts to obliterate history may doom us to repeat it, she warns. Eugenics was popularized in the in the United States in the 1890s. High school and college textbooks from the 1920s through the 1940s often had chapters touting the scientific progress to be made from applying eugenic principles.... read more
Which States Are Friendliest to Independent Practice?
Which States Are Friendliest to Independent Practice?
In choosing a state in which to set up a practice, physicians should study tax and regulatory policy, writes third-year family medicine resident Philip Eskew, D.O., J.D., M.B.A. The winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons features Dr. Eskew's article — "Which State Best Suits Your Medical Practice–an Analysis and Reference Guide," — in which states are ranked in order of friendliness to independent practices. Full article available at: http://www.jpands.org/vol19no4/eskew.pdf Only South Dakota and Wyoming make the top tier. In the second tier are Idaho, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, and Alaska. At the bottom, in tier... read more
Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain to coordinate the government’s attempt to combat Ebola signifies that the government’s main concern is to manage pre-election public perceptions, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, called Klain “a brilliant strategist,” who is “known for his ability to manage large, complex operations.” The complex operations included the Solyndra debacle and the dispensing of billions of dollars of “stimulus” funds. There will surely be funds to distribute in Klain’s new position. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)... read more
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