The following is by by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.
Do Doctors Have Rights by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.
Is it possible that the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights excluded doctors from all other Americans' inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Is it true that the Declaration of Independence does not apply to doctors?
The instigators of the present feeding frenzy in Washington want to make us believe that by the mere fact of having chosen to become doctors we have somehow given up these rights for the sake of becoming the slaves of everybody who demands our services. As a radiologist in hospital based practice I am no expert in the machinations of insurance schemes and Government meddling. This Byzantine maze of conflicting regulations and routine State and Federal legislative intervention into the care of our patients is a matter of record. The result is an inherently unstable, enormously expensive system of Government controls and small remaining islands of freedom. What is currently being discussed in Congress amounts to the complete eradication of what remains of this remnant of freedom of the medical profession.
We physicians are merely a tiny disarmed minority hopelessly adrift among those who claim the moral high ground of knowing better. And yet inalienable rights pertain to all Americans without exception.
Medicine is an enormously complex integration of facts and concepts requiring years of highly specialized study to be applied by the doctor to the individual patient. No bureaucrat or rulebook can ever come close to what is going on in the mind of the physician. If we let Obama get away with his scheme, the result will be the complete empowerment of the bureaucrats and the enslavement of the physician.
The Founding Fathers of the United States, for the first time in the history of the world, subordinated Government to Moral Law. Man's inalienable individual rights were made explicit. The doctrine of Right over Might was spelled out and the Government was formed for the sole purpose of protecting these rights. The individual according to the Founding Documents is the sovereign, not the Government. The smallest minority of all minorities is the individual. The Founding Fathers were aware of the threat to individual rights by the Government as the history of man with rare exceptions has been for thousands of years. That is why the Bill of Rights was made part of the Constitution.
What is happening here before our very eyes? Why are we seeing the impending total enslavement of a once noble profession? - This is the reversal to Might over Right contrary to all moral standards! Health care reform as envisioned by the Government is not an idea that can claim to be moral on principle that somehow is difficult to implement; in fact, it is vicious at the base and will therefore be a miserable failure when practiced.
How did we get into this? The fact is that a lot of what is proposed is already in place at a very high price, not just in Dollars and Cents; but at the expense of the freedom of a tiny minority, the doctor. This system needs reform, not by the complete implementation of slavery but by referring back to our Nation's Founding Documents guaranteeing individual rights. The Founding Fathers included all men, not just some who happen to be the majority!
by Klas D. Romberg, M.D.