From our friends at Independent Women’s Voice:
For the Senate to pass ObamaCare repeal and replace with only 51 votes, they’ll need to take action by September 30th.
How can we motivate Congress to act? By President Donald J. Trump ending Congress’ illegal exemption from ObamaCare.
Here’s what you need to do STAT:
- Sign the petition at www.NoWashingtonExemption.com
- Write President Trump and tell him to end the illegal exemption: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
- Read this explainer from Michael Cannon of CATO to become an expert on this crucial issue: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/congress-illegal-and-egregious-obamacare-exemption-explained/article/2633383
Gina Reghetti, DO shares her response to the AOA’s email alert opposing the repeal of ObamaCare:
Dear Dr. Buser:
I am writing in response to your “Urgent Action” email that I received on July 22, 2017, regarding the repeal of the PPACA, which is attached below.
I do not agree with your position that if the PPACA is repealed it would “significantly jeopardize our heath care system.” Since you represent the AOA as its president, I feel that you are using your position to influence political agendas that are not in the best interest of American patients and their doctors.
I would hope that the AOA does not use doctors’ membership dues and board certification fees to support such agendas that do not support the Osteopathic Philosophy of independent, private, practice osteopathic doctors that deliver one-on-one direct, private care to their patients without government or third party intruders, and that stay true to the practice of Osteopathy, as Andrew Taylor Still, D.O., M.D., founded.
Your stance appears not to support the Free Markets in the USA, and direct pay practices which are far better solutions than a government controlled healthcare system.
I take great insult that the AOA, through your voice as president, uses osteopathic doctors’ hard earned money to push agendas that are not reflective of the American way, and I believe that it constitutes just another AOA federal violation.
I am also very concerned as to why the AOA cashed my ninety dollar check for my board certification dues, yet the website displays that my board certification is inactive for the public to view, when that is incorrect since my board certification is dated to expire in 2022; although it should be a lifetime certification. Worse yet, the message to the public is to indicate that if osteopathic doctors do not hold board certifications through the AOA then they are somehow less qualified to practice medicine. I find this to be very defaming, and I request that this serious issue be corrected immediately and removed from the public website.
I remember when the AOA worked for their osteopathic physicians and surgeons and supported Osteopathy, but over the many years that role does not appear to be so any longer. Rather the AOA uses their power to lobby, such agendas, that are against the osteopathic oath and training of osteopathic physicians and surgeons here in the USA.
The AOA does not correctly reflect the opinions of their doctors; especially, when emails as yours are sent. There is no room for Politics in Medicine!
I would highly recommend that you, and the AOA, cease immediately from sending emails out that reflect your political stance rather than the Osteopathic Profession’s.
I strongly oppose your views as do the majority of practicing physicians and surgeons across this great nation.
Let us keep the United States of America a free nation for all and let us keep the government out of peoples’ lives, and especially out of healthcare, since it will only do more harm than good.
I thank you for your understanding and immediate attention to this serious matter.
I look forward to hearing from you to inform me that my Inactive board status is corrected back to Active status as it should be.
Gina Reghetti, D.O.
Attached: Dr. Buser’s email below:
Advocacy Action Alert
As you may have heard, the Senate will soon vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) without a legislative alternative. Should this vote be successful, it would significantly jeopardize our heath care system, and result in a loss of coverage and access to care for up to 32 million Americans, and the potential for significant increase in premium costs.
Boyd R. Buser, DO
*Wondering how the AOA has developed its position on health care reform and the AHCA to date? Watch our webinar that explains the process.
Marcy Zwelling, MD, Co-Chair of the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy, http://npchcp.org/, shares her urgent letter to the United States Senate.
The opportunity to fix our broken healthcare system rests at your feet. You and your republican colleagues should look at this legislative opportunity as your moment in history to step up and do it right.
America’s healthcare delivery system was broken long before the ACA. Returning to a pre-ACA state of affairs should not be your goal. Your efforts should be visionary not reactionary. It’s time you show America’s patients that you are the party of better practical ideas.
Healthcare reform is about designing a system of healthcare delivery that works to maximize access, decrease cost and minimize the regulations that obstruct America’s physicians from doing our job. Continue reading
CMS released a county-level map of 2018 projected ACA Exchanges participation:
“This map shows that insurance options on the Exchanges continue to disappear. Plan options are down from last year and, in some areas, Americans will have no coverage options on the Exchanges, based on the current data.”
“This is yet another failing report card for the Exchanges. The American people have fewer insurance choices and in some counties no choice at all. CMS is working with state departments of insurance and issuers to find ways to provide relief and help restore access to healthcare plans, but our actions are by no means a long-term solution to the problems we’re seeing with the Insurance Exchanges,” explains CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
We all need to be opted out as taxpayers, patients and physicians with a full repeal. The Republican Party and congressmen outside of the Freedom Caucus are enabling the liberal Democrat sellout of America by ACA to the insurance, health IT and hospital industries. Unless there is a repeal of all of the limitations on insurance, insurance company bail outs, propped up phony exchanges, and the largest tax increases in the history of our country, we are sunk as a country.
We have solutions from the few remaining private practice physicians who are also taxpayers, parents, and community leaders. We can help you and President Trump keep your words and benefit all Americans while saving everyone money. Please inquire!
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Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
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