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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lack of Passion by Doctors in Health Care Reform

Cloud Downey: "I've seen your activity in opposition to government run medicine and support your actions. What I'm struggling with is the lack of passion on the part of your colleagues in medicine when their careers are threatened and the whole of the medical profession faces the possibility of collapse with the looming total control by government.

"I can't understand how professionals that have dedicated extraordinary time, money and energy to pursue their passion can remain mute in the face of government force. What will it take to ignite the flames of protest in the medical community? In any case, I'm not giving up on it and I admire your work."

Cloud Downey
http://www.facebook.com/RagnarsRepos

My Answer:

Cloud, I am with you.

Doctors are working long hours and then studying long hours after work. Most of them don't have time to breathe. They lack the time to get into politics, which is usually a losing battle for them. Look at the health care (ObamaCare) bill. All of us who put time and energy into stopping it in favor of "Patient Power" reform were defeated. Every doctor I know wanted to do something, but felt helpless, and didn't have the time.

And, we were betrayed by the AMA.

We need to organize and make things easier for all physicians and all freedom lovers. Doctors want to put patients first. Doctors wanted to empower patients, not third parties. Some new organizations have sprung up, like Docs4PatientCare.org, which I have high hopes for.

Docs4PatientCare.org intends to protect the doctor-patient relationship and keep bureaucrats from coming between patients and doctors.

My best regards,
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
physician & economist
http://Facebook.com/Hennenfent

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ObamaCare Will Kill Future Patients Compared to What Could Be. Please Stop ObamaCare.


ObamaCare Will Kill Future Patients Compared to What Could Be. Please Stop ObamaCare.
by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician & economist

I am begging you, stop ObamaCare. Health care has been life and death to me since the death of my first best friend from muscular dystrophy as a sophomore in high school. It has been life and death to me since I worked in a hospital over summer break from college and my first patient suffered pain, agony, and distention from lethal colon cancer. It has been life and death to me since I entered medical school 30 years ago and became a warrior against illness and injury.

In these modern times, and with our modern technologies, the power in health care should be flowing to patients, doctors, and nurses so that they can save more lives. Instead, with ObamaCare, the power is going to third parties.

People will die. You might die. Some of your loved ones might die. Future patients are sure to die.

This is not like college where education was all good and fun. This is not like the first two years of medical school, when professors taught what they researched in laboratories and had no urgency about it. This is crunch time, this is third and fourth year medical school being taught by actual doctors who have seen patients twisting in agonizing pain, and fighting against all odds to live. This is the actual practice of medicine by attending physicians where patients live and die based on your decisions. Everything is life and death now. The game has changed.

It's time for the truth.

Sarah Palin was right about the "death panels."

Senator Grassley was right about when he said they're "...going to pull the plug on grandma."

“Death panels” are government bureaucrats. Death panels are when third parties stand between you and your doctor. Death panels are when you do not have control over your own body. Death panels are when third parties deny you the treatments doctors have prescribed for you. Death panels are when the Government takes your money from you, redistributes it, wastes it, runs out of it, rations it, makes you stand in line for health care, and ultimately denies you the care you need.

Recently five doctors recommended an antibiotic and Medicare still denied it. Medicare remember, denies you treatment "regardless as to medical necessity." Medicare is no way to run health care. God help you if your life actually depends on the government, Medicare, or Medicaid, or any other third party. Insurance companies that become too powerful via crony capitalism do the same thing - "death panels" again.

There is a vastly superior way to do health care reform. It’s called "Patient Power." We can have patients have more control over the money so that they get what they want, and get what their doctors and nurses want them to have, instead of what corrupt and selfish third parties want. Third parties want money. Patients want to live. Doctors and nurses want to help.

Suddenly today, we have the technology to vastly improve the science of medicine by setting up social networking for physicians, nurses, and all allied health care professionals. Health care professionals have secret inside medical information that needs to be made public, that can direct research, and that can save your life.

We can use the social networking of doctors to eliminate all the overhead expenses wasted by the government and insurance companies to establish protocols for what they will pay for. We can use this social networking to determine reimbursement based on science instead of politics. This will lower costs for all the third parties. This will end the waiting and delays. This will save lives. Bureaucrats are incompetent to make medical decisions and my reforms would kick them out of the decision-making process.

We can have price transparency, which is a bipartisan idea, and should have been the one good idea to come out of President Obama's health care summit. I am sure that many or all Republican doctors in Congress would agree with Representative Dr. Steve Kagan, a democrat, who introduced a bill in congress that is languishing in committee called The "Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010." The only problem in in the bill is one "big government" paragraph that must be deleted.

Dr. Kagan’s bill, according to his website: "would finally allow patients to see the price of a pill before they swallow it, allowing patients to receive the highest quality care at the lowest possible prices." Similarly, the senate doctors, Dr. Tom Coburn and Dr. John Barrasso, both republicans, say on their website that: "For a vibrant health care market to function properly, patients must know what services cost...." I am totally behind price transparency as the first, and most important, step in health care reform. It will empower patients.

My friend had open heart surgery. He was never told the price of anything in advance, not during the pre-surgery period, the hospital stay, the post-surgery recover at home, or during rehabilitation. It was only when he saw his bills after all was said and done that he discovered highly questionable charges. There were many charges he, and I, thought were ridiculous. Charges that would never happen if prices were public.

I had a complete blood count, commonly known as a CBC, last year. No one involved could tell me the price. "What do you care?" the entire health industry says, insurance pays for it. Well guess what? I do care. You cannot drive prices down if no one knows the prices.

Sometimes I use coupons. Sometimes I read ads. I use that information to help buy things for less. In health care, you cannot do this. Patients cannot spend their money from Medicare, Medicaid, insurance companies, or out of their own pocket wisely if they don't know what anything costs.

Please stop ObamaCare. Please pass the bipartisan "Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010" instead. This will drive prices down, allowing more health care at lower prices, which will in turn increase access to care. Price Transparency will empower patients and start them down the road to "Patient Power," which is where we really need to be.

I have a degree in economics. I have a medical degree. What we need to save the most lives possible is to reduce prices and improve medical science. We have outstanding ways to do both of these things with the latest Internet technologies and information technologies. None of these great ideas are in ObamaCare. ObamaCare is not the best care. I know better ways exist. That is why I am against ObamaCare. It's life and death to me; not politics. I am non-partisan.

I dramatically titled this “ObamaCare Will Kill Future Patients Compared to What Could Be. Please Stop ObamaCare” for a reason. Every time you tie the hands of doctors and nurses by letting third parties dictate care, people on the edges will die. People who need action right now to live, who are delayed by third party bureaucracies will die. People who have to appeal to third party panels to get life saving drugs or procedures and are denied will die. Patients severely traumatized, severely injured, or severely ill, who are on the verge of death, who need cutting edge medical treatment or innovation will die.

A patient under the care of another doctor, who has been seriously injured, recently called me. She lamented, “My doctor knows what he wants to do to help me, but all my care is being dictated by third parties.” She is needlessly suffering.

We don’t need third parties telling doctors what to do. We don’t need ObamaCare panels telling doctors what to do. We don’t need insurance company panels telling doctors what to do. We need doctors and nurses who save lives daily telling us what to do.

We have 800,000 doctors and three million nurses. We can hook them all together with a new thing called the Internet. We have the technology now to let them all rank the science behind medical treatments and to set up all the reimbursement decisions in advance. We can eliminate all the third party red tape and free up doctors, nurses, and allied professionals to save people’s lives. Instead, ObamaCare will put roadblocks and paperwork between your doctors, nurses, and you.

Health care reform is no joke to me and it shouldn’t be to you either. Your life is at risk, your kid’s lives are at risk, your loved one’s lives are at risk. Let people who really know how to reform health care do it, instead of politicians. Reform health care in a way to maximize the science, to drive prices down, and to maximize innovation of cures.

For example, a fabulous new anti-cancer pill may appear in the medical literature. Randomized controlled studies may show that it works to extend life. Your wonderful and well-trained physician may be ready to give you this medication based on the latest and greatest medical studies, because without it you will be dead in weeks. But, he or she can’t. The drug is not on some list yet, it hasn’t passed through some committee yet. You will die - killed by the government or an insurance company panel of bean counters.

An incredible new antibiotic may be invented. It has virtually no side effects compared to existing antibiotics. Randomized controlled studies show that it works for your disease. Your doctor prescribes it. But, you can’t have it. It is not in the drug compendia yet. The horrible infection devastates your body as you fight the government. Many doctors and nurses write letters supporting your cause. But the government can’t move fast enough. Too bad for you. Your infection becomes a chronic disability.

When there is one minute left, and the decision needs to be made that will save your life, who do you want making that decision? A government bureaucracy, an insurance panel, or the physician at the peak of his or her career?

You have a choice. We can institute health care reform that is sure to improve the science of medicine, that will share what all doctors and nurses know with you, that is sure to enable health care providers to react quickly and efficiently, that is sure to save more lives than ever before, or we can hang the albatross of ObamaCare around our necks.

The most offensive thing about ObamaCare is that there is so obviously a better way to do health care reform. A way that empowers patients, doctors, and nurses, instead of third parties, and a way that will save more lives.

Bad policies in health care are already causing a maldistribution of doctors that hurts everyone. Bad policies are causing ridiculous red tape for doctors and nurses, the wrong research to be done, and unnecessary deaths. I see how government stupidity kills people every day.

Consider it this way. We can unleash on humanity a perfect new vaccine developed by doctors and scientists that will wipe polio off the face of the earth, or we can let politicians produce a flu vaccine that is not effective, that we don’t really need, and has side effects that will destroy lives.

Please save a life in the future. Act today. Call politicians. Spread this essay to everyone you know. Freely re-distribute it. I give it to you. I know how we can achieve medical care utopia, and that the answer is not ObamaCare.

Kill ObamaCare before it kills someone you love. Do it right. Put patients in charge with “Patient Power” instead.

Why do I do all this writing on health care reform? Because I will save more lives by defeating ObamaCare than any one physician could ever save working for a lifetime seeing patients. There is a far better way: “Patient Power” health care reform.

You can blast faxes to congress for $20 or so, to about 31 politicians at this site:
https://fs8.formsite.com/cfiforg/form368385015/secure_index.html

I hear you can blast faxes to all of congress if you sign up for the website at:
http://americanvoice.com

Please go to this website and join all my physician colleagues in calling, e-mailing, and faxing congresspersons:
http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push

Please go to Hannity.com, where Sean Hannity has a frequently updated chart on how the politicians are leaning.
http://www.hannity.com/

Or go to this website which makes it easy to e-mail congresspersons:
http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/

Or go to this website where the former advisor for President Clinton suggests who to call:
http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/03/12/call-these-swing-congressmen-on-health-care/

Or go to:
http://www.nrcc.org/codered/targets/

Please contact the "Stupak 7" and beg them to stand firm against ObamaCare:
Marion Berry (AR-01)
Joseph Cao (LA-02)
Kath Dahlkemper (PA-03)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02)
Steve Driehaus (OH-01)
Dan Lipinski (IL-03)
Bart Stupak (MI-01)

To find your representative by Zip Code go here:
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

To find your senators go here:
http://www.senate.gov/

My best essay on "death panels" is here:
"'Death Panels' are Real and Exist Now"
http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/03/death-panels-are-real-and-exist-now.html

My health care reform plan, "The People's Health Care Reform Plan" is here:
http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/02/peoples-health-care-reform-plan.html

My “People's Health Care Reform Plan - Distribution Party - 2010” can be found here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=278494234024&index=1

My credentials for health care reform are here:
http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-credentials-for-health-care-reform.html

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
Physician & Economist
BradMD.com
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dr. Fred Shessel and Dr. Scott Barbour Speak Against ObamaCare

There are two new great videos by Docs4PatientCare.org against ObamaCare. These doctors are speaking up and all of America should listen.

Dr. Fred Shessel to a patient: "You know, under ObamaCare I may not be able to take care of you to the best of my ability, or I am may not be able to see you at all."
See the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D_e1osuomg

Dr. Scott Barbour: "...there's gonna be only one choice for the government and that's gonna be to severely ration your care."
See the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjKbi_LeoQ&feature=related

Docs4PatientCare.org is an organization of doctors that was formed to protect the doctor-patient relationship. Doctors, such as myself, are hopeful that it will replace the AMA.

Read how you can stop ObamaCare at the Docs4PatientCare.org "Action Page" here:
http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push

Ask your doctor to join Docs4PatientCare via this link:
https://docs4patientcare.worldsecuresystems.com/membership

And patient, or concerned citizen membership is available as well.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Price Transparency in Health Care Needs to be Passed Now

There are "Patient Power" ways to reform health care that will save far more lives than ObamaCare ever will. And, the science of medicine can be vastly improved if we empower patients, doctors, and nurses instead of third parties.

I encourage you to stop ObamaCare. However, I do support Dr. Steve Kagan's (Democrat, Wisconsin 18th) "Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010" (H. R. 4700), which has 45 co-sponsors. This bill is an excellent bipartisan compromise (except one big government paragraph needs to be removed). It basically echoes what Dr. Tom Coburn (Republican Senator from Oklahoma) mentioned at the Health Care Reform Summit. Price transparency will EMPOWER PATIENTS. Republicans and democrats like Dr. Steve Kagan on are board with empowering patients.

The bill can be found here.
http://kagen.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=520:dr-kagen-introduces-cill-to-fix-whats-broken-in-health-care&catid=78:press-releases&Itemid=194

This bill is sound economic policy (again, except for one paragraph) and Dr. Kagan says:
"The 'Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010' would finally allow patients to see the price of a pill before they swallow it, allowing patients to receive the highest quality care at the lowest possible prices."

This bill is currently stuck in committee. Please help salvage this bill and get it passed. This is the bipartisan agreement that should have come out of the "Health Care Summit."

In the meantime, freely share my most important essay, “Death Panels” are Real and Exist Now, with everyone you know via e-mail, Facebook, and twitter. The URL is:
http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/03/death-panels-are-real-and-exist-now.html

And TAKE ACTION NOW:

Please kill ObamaCare before it kills someone you love. Go to this website:
http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push
and join all my physician colleagues in calling, e-mailing, and faxing congresspersons.

Or go to this website which makes it easy to e-mail congresspersons
http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/

Or go to this website where the former advisor for President Clinton suggests who to call:
http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/03/12/call-these-swing-congressmen-on-health-care/

Or go to:
http://www.nrcc.org/codered/targets/

Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
physician & economist
www.BradMD.com

Please Stop ObamaCare

Please stop ObamaCare before it kills people. 

Dr. Paul Hsieh says: "...any form of government-run 'universal health care' inevitably compromises physicians' ability to practice according to their sworn Hippocratic oath for the best interests of their patients."
http://www.westandfirm.org/

He is absolutely right. There are far better ways to reform health care than letting third parties be in charge. Please do all you can to call politicians and say that you do not want ObamaCare, but instead want Patient Power health care reform designed by doctors, nurses, and patients, that will save more lives.

Also read this essay on "death panels" by four doctors and send it to everyone you know:

“Death Panels” are Real and Exist Now

http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/03/death-panels-are-real-and-exist-now.html

You can find the politicians you need to contact at:

http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push

You can also find a list at attorney Hugh Hewitt's website:

http://hughhewitt.com/blog/

- by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician & economist

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

James H. Schott on "Death Panels"


James H. Shott has it right:

James H. Shott: "... just because the bill does not say specifically 'in our socialized medicine system there will be death panels' doesn’t preclude a mechanism evolving that will make life and death decisions based on budget considerations, nor does it mean that the system won’t become one where private health insurance cannot survive against the government’s monopolistic tendencies, and in a few years we will have socialized medicine."

http://bdtonline.com/columns/x1897230748/Dissatisfaction-of-Tea-Party-participants-reflected-in-national-polls

Please stop ObamaCare. It is not the best care, and we have the technology today to institute a great health care system, one that will empower patients and save more lives than ever before. Stop ObamaCare and institute "Patient Power" health care reform instead.

Please go the Docs4PatientCare.org website, and call and fax all the politicians, telling them you want patients, doctors, and nurses in charge, not third parties.

http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push





Saturday, March 6, 2010

Dr. Steve Kagen Introduces Bill to Fix What's Broken in Health Care

DR. KAGEN INTRODUCES BILL TO FIX WHAT'S BROKEN IN HEALTH CARE

Legislation puts patients first, increases competition in health care marketplace.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. introduced new legislation today [February 25th, 2010] that would create a transparent and highly competitive medical marketplace. The "Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010" would finally allow patients to see the price of a pill before they swallow it, allowing patients to receive the highest quality care at the lowest possible prices.

Specifically, the bill says that any individual or business entity that offers health care related products or services must at all times openly disclose all of their prices, including on the Internet.

"When was the last time you bought anything without knowing what it cost?" Dr. Kagen asked. "My patients, and my constituents, want to know the price of a pill before they swallow it - and certainly before they buy it," said Dr. Kagen. "They want to go shopping for the best medical products and services at the lowest possible prices. It is the American way."

"Prices for our prescription drugs, hospital services and health insurance premiums have shot through the roof, primarily because of an opaque, non-transparent medical marketplace. Everywhere I go, people are saying, 'Just show me the price, so I will know if I can afford it.' Everyone knows how much they pay for a cup of coffee, and it is time we finally have a chance to see all of the prices an insurance company has accepted as payment in full for their services."

Full text of the bill is as follows:

Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010 (Introduced in House)

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4700

To provide for transparency in health care pricing, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 25, 2010

Mr. KAGEN (for himself, Mr. FOSTER, Ms. SHEA-PORTER, Mr. BOSWELL, Mr. LOEBSACK, Mr. PERRIELLO, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. KLEIN of Florida, Mr. PERLMUTTER, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. COHEN, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. WELCH, Ms. MCCOLLUM, and Mr. HODES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for transparency in health care pricing, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010'.

SEC. 2. TRANSPARENCY IN ALL HEALTH CARE PRICING.

(a) In General- Any and all individuals or business entities, including hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, dentists, and the insurance entities described in subsection (d), and any other health care related providers or issuers that offer or furnish health care related items, products, services, or procedures (as defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) for sale to the public shall publicly disclose, on a continuous basis, all prices for such items, products, services, or procedures in accordance with this section.

(b) Manner of Disclosure- The disclosure required under subsection (a) shall--

(1) be made in an open and conspicuous manner;

(2) be made available at the point of purchase, in print, and on the Internet; and

(3) include all wholesale, retail, subsidized, discounted, or other such prices the individuals or business entities described in such subsection accept as payment in full for items, products, services, or procedures such individuals or business entities furnish to individual consumers.

(c) Penalties- The Secretary of Health and Human Services may investigate any and all individuals or business entities that fail to comply with the requirements of this section and may impose on such individuals or business entities civil fines, or other civil penalties, as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(d) Insurance Entity Described- For purposes of this section, an insurance entity includes a health insurance issuer with respect to the offering of health insurance coverage, including in the individual market and small and large group market (as such terms are defined in section 2791 of the Public Health Service Act), a plan sponsor with respect to the offering of a group health plan (as defined in such section 2791), and entities responsible for the administration of governmental health plans (including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with respect to the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, State agencies responsible for administration of State plans under the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act, or State child assistance plans under the State Children's Health Insurance Program under title XXI of such Act, and the Office of Personnel Management with respect to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program under chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

“Death Panels” are Real and Exist Now


“Death Panels” are Real and Exist Now
- by Bradley Hennenfent, M.D., physician & economist

Please stop ObamaCare. I have seen the “death panels.” They are Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veterans Administration. They share one thing in common, they are run by the government. The “death panels” are government bureaucrats who come between you and your physician and, after being fiscally incompetent, ration, delay and deny care.

People who like government programs surely have never had to fight for a patient’s life or health care under these systems. Government health care is better than nothing, but clearly, it is not the best care. Medicare can deny a patient an antibiotic, even if five doctors recommend it. Medicare can deny a cancer treatment simply because it hasn’t made it on a list yet. Medicare denies patients, to quote Medicare: “regardless as to medical necessity.”

Medicare and Medicaid are no way to run health care. We know government health care is defective. We are the richest, most powerful country in the world. We have technology now that has never before existed, so let’s create something better than any health care system in existence now.

When Insurance companies succumb to crony capitalism the same thing occurs - “death panels” again. The “death panels” are insurance companies coming between you and your doctor. On the other hand, insurance companies that work properly are a driving force behind the greatest health care in the world, which we have in America today.

Health care reform seems so easy to us physicians who have seen patients die or suffer because of the health care system. The solution is to make patients, doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals more powerful and the Government and crony capitalism less powerful.

Sarah Palin said on Facebook: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

Then, President Obama proved Sarah Palin right when he made a deal with Union leaders, so that they would not have their Cadillac Health Care plans taxed like other Americans. Apparently, non-union members can suffer and die on lower quality health care plans, while unions members “based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’” are deemed more worthy than everyone else - because they are mostly Democrats.

I am not partisan. Both parties are good and bad. Both have good ideas and bad ideas. They are not important to me. Patients are. Socialized medicine is not the best system. Crony capitalism is not the best system either. The answer is to make patients and health care providers more powerful. This can be done. But the best ideas for health care reform are not on the table yet.

Sarah Palin was called a liar for using the term “death panels” by the New York Times which called “death panels” a false rumor. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/health/policy/14panel.html)

Factcheck.org said that the “the phrase ‘death panel’ does not appear in the health care bill that passed House committees...”
(http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/palin-vs-obama-death-panels/)

The “death panel” comment was called the “Lie of the Year” by Politifact.com.
(http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/dec/18/politifact-lie-year-death-panels/)

Needless to say, I will not be trusting those people for any future fact checking. I didn’t see any evidence that they asked the people who would actually know the inside secretive information by which our current “death panels” function - the doctors and nurses.

Perhaps the best comment I read on this controversy was on a blog:

“I love all these media moguls saying the bill doesn't set up that panel. Well no kidding. Bravo, media, give yourself a pat on the back for being so smart. It's a term, idiots, coined by Palin for the inevitable outcome, not language from the actual bill itself. Don't get me wrong, the framework for such a thing is in the bill.”
(http://barbaricthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/08/random-thoughts-on-health-care-bill-pt.html)

That blogger, pen-named Uffda, is exactly right. Government health care invariably goes bankrupt as Medicare and Medicaid have. Government health care is also incompetent, corrupt, inefficient, stifling of innovation, and results in rationing, lines, denials, delays, and the figurative “death panels” that Sarah Palin wrote about.

That’s why socialized medicine is so evil. Crony capitalism is also evil. Stop both those evils and put patients, doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals in charge, not third parties.

Sarah Palin also wrote that “Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.”

I have read Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s articles in the medical literature and I agree with Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin on this issue. I think he has horrible ideas. The worst part is that he doesn’t understand why, claims he is misquoted, and is taken out of content. He seems to be a clueless collectivist and I blame him for many of the deaths that occur every day in America because of the policies he writes about. He should not be a “bioethicist” for our NIH.

Sen. Chuck Grassley told us to fear that the government would "pull the plug on grandma." He was right for all the same reasons that Sarah Palin was right about “death panels.” Government health care takes Grandma’s health care money in taxes all her life and then when she wants to use it for her needs, it’s too late, it has been redistributed to other people, and her health care is rationed, delayed, and denied by the government.

I know elderly patients. I know they don’t want to die early because of a bad health care system. People want to live. People fight to live. People are beautiful and uplifting in their struggle to survive.

Obama dismissed “pulling the plug on Grandma” as dishonest. He said:
“I just lost my grandmother last year. I know what it’s like to watch somebody you love who’s aging deteriorate, and have to struggle with that,” Mr. Obama said. “So the notion that somehow I ran for public office, or members of Congress are in this so they can go around pulling the plug on grandma? I mean, when you start making arguments like that, that’s simply dishonest.”

However, “pulling the plug on grandma,” on grandpa, on mother, father, brother, sister, child, wife, and husband is exactly what occurs under socialized medicine. It happens under Medicare right now because of bureaucracy, fraud, and waste, and because Medicare stifles innovation, science, and the free flow of information patients need to make decisions.

Obama famously said, when answering a question about a pacemaker in an elderly mother, “"Maybe you're better off, not having the surgery, but taking the pain killer." He scared to death many people who believe that Obama’s bureaucrats are going to take over life and death decisions from patients.

I want to thank you Sarah Palin, “The Greatest Truth about Health Care Reform” was spoken by you in 2009. We can only hope that you have single-handedly saved us from the “death panels” of socialized medicine, and of Medicare and Medicaid for all. “Death panels” will be created if we create an inept health care system - whether public or private.

I also want to thank Senator Chuck Grassley for telling people to fear “Pulling the plug on Grandma.” He couldn’t have been more correct.

My prescription for patients is to fight “tooth and nail” to have “patient power” health care reform passed. Your life is at stake.

It was widely reported that Danny Williams, head government official in Newfoundland, skipped ahead of the lines in Canada (a government single-payer system) and went to Miami Beach for heart surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He wanted minimally invasive surgery that he could not get in Canada. "This was my heart, my choice and my health," Williams was widely quoted as saying. Mr. Williams was right to leave Canada, as innovation and choice slow down, and sometimes disappear, under government health care.

I have written a health care reform plan where all 800,000 doctors would rate medical treatments in advance of need, and where science would determine reimbursement, not politics.

My health care reform plan, “The People’s Health Care Reform Plan,” will lower costs and it will end secret prices. It will also share secret life-saving, inside, medical information, which only doctors and nurses know, with patients.

Nearly 300 people have signed up to redistribute “The People’s Health Care Reform Plan,” which can be seen on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=278494234024&index=1

“The People’s Health Care Reform Plan” can also be found here:
http://bradmd.blogspot.com/2010/02/peoples-health-care-reform-plan.html

My best regards,
Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.
Physician & Economist

Here are a couple of bonus quotes:

"The plain fact is that physicians are no longer in control of the U.S. health care system. Indeed, it is a sad day in America when becoming a doctor is no longer a wise career choice except for those who pay no attention to autonomy, respect, or monetary compensation. After five years in medicine, I left the practice myself, only to become a doctor's worst enemy...a lawyer. I couldn't be happier I made the transition, but my wise personal choice reflects a sad day for our society: where becoming a lawyer holds more appeal than serving patients' most fundamental needs. We must change this broken system and we must do it immediately." - Bradley Kramer, M.D., J.D.
www.biklaw.com

“Well said Dr. Hennenfent, every day I spend more and more of my time fighting for insurance approvals, and less time seeing my patients. If the government really wanted to help people and not just buy votes with entitlements, then congress would cut some of the 54 Billion from food stamps, since recent studies have shown 60% of people on welfare are OBESE, and the rates are increasing.” - physician, name withheld by request.

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"Anyone who supports government-run healthcare fundamentally misunderstands how physicians practice medicine. We don't do it by waving magic wands or receiving divine inspirations; we do it by ordering tests, performing procedures, and prescribing drugs. Anyone who interferes with the ability of doctors to do those things is hampering our ability to help patients. When I worked in a VA hospital, I witnessed how tests could be canceled by employees, ultimately representing the government, who had considerably less training than physicians. When the government employee canceled my order, she did not care that the patient might die or just suffer longer; she cared about doing what she was ordered to do by the government bureaucracy so she could keep receiving her paycheck. 

"Anyone who values their life, or the lives of loved ones, should fear any healthcare system controlled by the government because the government excels at creating massive bureaucracies, such as those in VA hospitals, in which employees who are not doctors can overrule physician orders. No President or Congressman would have the guts to personally tell a doctor what he can and cannot do, but the need of politicians to control us is so strong that they create cold and uncaring bureaucracies to do the dirty work for them.

"Who is on the short end of the stick when politicians ration care? Patients, who pay for that rationing with more suffering and an increased risk of death. President Obama tried to dismiss the notion of government “death panels” by claiming that he would create no such bureaucracy. He doesn't need to do that to achieve his objectives because every government bureaucracy in which doctors can be overruled by people who don't know what they are doing is functionally a death panel even though it is never labeled as such.

"President Obama is smart enough to realize the inherent dangers in a system in which the most knowledgeable people--doctors--can have their orders canceled by employees who don't know how to practice medicine and know nothing about the patient in question. Thus, by claiming there would be no “death panels,” Obama was being intellectually dishonest and intentionally trying to deceive the American people. If he is willing to lie about policies that might push you or a loved one into a grave a few decades too soon, you should wonder about his other prevarications."

Kevin Pezzi, MD

www.ER-doctor.com

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Please kill ObamaCare before it kills someone you love. Go to this website:
http://docs4patientcare.org/final-push
and join all my physician colleagues in calling, e-mailing, and faxing congresspersons.

Or go to this website which makes it easy to e-mail congresspersons
http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/

Or go to this website where the former advisor for President Clinton suggests who to call:
http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/03/12/call-these-swing-congressmen-on-health-care/

Or go to:
http://www.nrcc.org/codered/targets/