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Message from AAPS President, Tom Kendall, Sr., M.D.
Message from AAPS President, Tom Kendall, Sr., M.D.
September 28, 2013, marks the day of my inauguration as President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). It marks my privilege to influence and be influenced by the board of directors--medical doctors committed to the defense of freedom and to the preservation of the patient/physician relationship. It also marks my responsibility to engage a cadre of doctors in this fight for freedom. Our motto, Omnia pro aegroto, "everything for the patient," is as important now as it was 70 years ago. The AAPS, since its origin in 1943, has fearlessly opposed government/third party intrusion into our noble... read more
ObamaCare Taxes Media Round-up: 4/17/2014
Compiled by the Market Institute Despite claims they only want to raise taxes on the “rich,” President Obama and Democrats’ signature healthcare law contains 7 new taxes that directly affect those that make less than $250,000 (Americans for Tax Reform). There are a plethora of new taxes created by the Affordable Care Act, totaling $409 billion over the next 10 years. Besides taxes on individuals, there are also new taxes on insurance companies, drug makers, and medical device manufacturers (Fox News). Even though Obamacare introduced many new regulations and taxes, broadcast networks have done an underwhelming job of reporting on... read more
Change Is Not Always For The Better
Change Is Not Always For The Better
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag. Some visit the capital city, Phnom Penh, to experience mass graves and a torture camp, prison, and execution center. Cambodia has a haunting physical and emotional landscape and an intangible something about these inspirational people that lures many visitors back. The... read more
Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges
Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges
Hearing Description: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently met to examine how state-based marketplaces were operating under the ACA. The witnesses reported their fair share of IT problems, but those have since been addressed and the exchanges are on solid footing with most, if not all, meeting enrollment projections. Hearing Date: April 3, 2014 Hearing Summary: Prepared for AAPS by the Market Institute The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently met to examine how successfully state-based insurance marketplaces were being implemented. As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, states could opt to run their own insurance exchange instead... read more
Medicare Data Release Counterproductive, Misleading
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) released the following statement concerning Medicare’s publication of amounts paid to physicians: “Medicare’s release of data on physician payments serves no purpose except to further the federal government’s war on doctors. Doctors are the scapegoats for the program’s bankruptcy. “Most of the high payments are for very expensive drugs for macular degeneration or cancer chemotherapy. Doctors’ earnings are a very small fraction of the amount. “What Medicare does not tell the public is that hospitals are paid much more than physicians for the very same drugs or treatments. This is driving independent... read more
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