Can Organized Medicine Say Goodbye to Bias?

As physicians are saying goodbye to organized medicine maybe organized medicine should realize it is time to say goodbye to bias.

In a recent email “Update” the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons trumpeted a headline copied directly from the Governor’s press release:

Governor Murphy Announces Impact of New Jersey’s Actions to Stabilize Health Insurance Market

Can’t we at least report the news without bias and have the debate and discussion in our newsletter rather than a rosy review a Partisan headline?

The recitation of the Governor’s talking points continued:

The reduction in health insurance rates is the direct result of New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation action to continue an individual mandate, after the elimination of the mandate by the Trump Administration at the federal level, and to implement a reinsurance program beginning in 2019. The two laws, signed by Governor Murphy in May, were cited by the Center for American Progress in its listing of New Jersey as the national leader among states for having taken action to protect consumers from federal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.

Why isn’t the headline, “Governor Murphy forces mandatory tax payer bailout of insurance companies per ACA.” ACA 2010 forces taxpayers to bailout insurance companies and their cronies under penalty of law and IRS.
We can objectively and comparatively report on what health insurance cost in 2009 when basic and essential (B&E) coverage by Horizon was inexpensive before it was canceled due to ACA. For many New Jerseyans, their premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs doubled due to ACA since 2010.

Can’t we at least Report the news without bias and have the debate and discussion in our NJAOPS newsletter rather than a rosy review a partisan headline directly from Trenton?

We do credit NJAOPS for excising this sentence from its version of the Governor’s missive:

“Our work is based on the core belief that health care is a right – not a privilege,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “

 

We also credit NJAOPS with responding positively to this inquiry that they will try to improve their reporting in the future

However, IP4PI will take this opportunity to educate NJ Governor Murphy:

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You are either FOR Killer GPO PBM Kickbacks or Against Them

Bob Campbell, MD, co-founder of Physicians Against Drug Shortages writes:

Want to introduce an element of competition into healthcare? Ending the GPO/PBM kickbacks is the best place to start. Low hanging fruit and no room for compromise. You are either FOR sole source pay to play inflationary kickbacks or against.

So far since Trumps rumored new introduction of barriers to the kickbacks have been “rumored” to be “possibly written for possible introduction “ as new HHS rules Sen Warren and Hatch and Congressman Walden have emerged to keep the kickbacks in place and unfettered by HHS. They have not seen the rumored rules but if the rules might interfere with the essential kickbacks then the rules must never be enforced. Not good for America. Senators Toomey and Casey of Pennsylvania are both long time defenders of pay to play kickbacks. Pennsylvania Senate campaigns are very expensive and the PBM GPO cartels are very generous to supporters. Remember Trump can only erect barriers to access to the safe harbor. Congress made kickbacks and racketeering legal for GPOs and PBMs with the safe harbor law. Only Congress can make pay to play payola illegal again. That is an enduring solution. Trump cannot do that. Congress can.

A bill that is written, reviewed polished, and ready to go for any courageous Member of Congress. One version for the House and one for the Senate. President Trump says not one person in Congress is capable enough to take action on this matter. Is anyone willing to take him up on his challenge? All we need is a Healthcare Hero.  How about 100 new generic medication manufacturing plants with 200 jobs at each plant all in the state that leads the way. High paying clean manufacturing jobs that will stay busy throughout economic boom and bust cycles. Hundreds more just like it across the country, but the state of the Member of Congress who will introduce the bill gets first dibs.

A capital investment frenzy occurs if this bill passes. We need chemotherapy, saline, potassium chloride, potassium phosphate calcium carbonate, calcium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, epinephrine,ephedrine, norepinephrine, dopamine dobutamine, glucose, nitroglycerin, cardiac surgical drugs, antibiotics, obstetric medications, pediatric seizure medications and hundreds more.

I need drugs to paralyze people and unparalyze them. I need drugs to increase blood pressure and increase heart rates when they are too low. I need drugs to decrease blood pressure that is too high and slow down heart rates that are too high. Right now using smoke and mirrors. We should postpone all cardiac surgery until the Unsafe Safe Harbor is repealed. Right now we have Fake Anesthesia.

Trust me that is way more dangerous than Fake News. No more Fake Solutions from politicians for explosive healthcare costs and drug shortages. Exclusive Pay to Play Market Allocation Contracts is all that is keeping American companies from lowering costs for drugs and ending drug shortages. All contracts are written by an unnecessary extra layer of Middlemen inserted into the healthcare supply chain with a uniquely powerful ability to demand kickbacks from manufacturers to permit them to make lifesaving medications and medical devices for Americans who need healthcare. Drug Shortages never had to happen and can be ended. Healthcare Kickbacks never had to happen and can be ended.