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I do not agree with your position that if the PPACA is repealed it would “significantly jeopardize our heath care system.”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.
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins, (R-ME), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have expressed their opposition and concerns about this plan. It is critical for any health care legislative proposals to achieve a high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-efficient system that meets the needs of our patients. I urge you to contact your senator to express your support for her pragmatic approach to health care reform and her vocal opposition to repealing PPACA without a legislative alternative, in order to ensure our patients have the continued access to health care.
The time is now to write to your senator and support her pragmatic approach to health care to ensure that our aforementioned goals on transforming the health care system focus on our patients.
Boyd R. Buser, DO
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