Plans proposed to Repeal/Replace or Amend ACA

Congressman Tom Price’s plan

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/prices-obamacare-replacement-would-shift-power-to-patients-which-is-why-special-interests-will-hate-it/article/2609165?custom_click=rss

Speaker Paul Ryan: A better way

http://abetterway.speaker.gov/

Congressman Sessions/Cassidy plan

http://www.goodmaninstitute.org/topics/health-reform-bill/

(Former Congressman) Dr. Paul Broun plan

http://www.paulbroun.com/issues/health-care

Brat/Flake “HSA Expansion Act” would eliminate the “mandate” that HSA holders purchase a government-designed high-deductible health plan. “As a replacement for ObamaCare, Large HSAs would encourage innovative products like pre-existing conditions insurance that make coverage more affordable and secure.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelcannon/2016/06/02/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-bicameral-legislation-creating-large-hsas

Ideals and principles

National physicians’ coalition for freedom in medicine 2015

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mnHrSAs12lUHhzS0ctMHFVRG1pMXZhZFVkbnFwWDVhNzNV/view

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VA to vets, “Delay, deny, wait till they die”

Craig M. Wax: VA to Vets, “Delay,
deny, wait till they die.” – The Washington Times

As a physician, I have the privilege of knowing and helping thousands of individuals. One patient in particular stands out as a victim of government’s malignant ineptitude. He is an affable, hard working 71-year-old male, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War. There was no Veterans Day parade for him but scorn and disdain, given the antiwar sentiment at the time.
He returned with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep apnea, hypertension and multiple other issues. He married, had children and has worked just about every day in industry until his retirement. His medical conditions grew worse and worse, as his PTSD was not diagnosed till age 69.

The Veterans Administration (VA) has done little to recognize, admit responsibility, and take care of the medical consequences of the political military work our brothers and sisters performed abroad. He has fought the VA to recognize his PTSD, medical and hearing disability for years. It took three years, for instance, just to get a partial disability rating, despite his years of psychological counseling for severe PTSD. This patient revealed during an office visit that veterans share the impression that the VA’s true motto is, “Delay, deny, wait till they die.”

We all have heard of the VA scandals including the one that documents the deaths of over 300,000 vets while on the medical waiting lists to be seen. And to compound insult with further injury, VA employees were financially rewarded to take dying vets off the waiting list to make the waiting times appear shorter (http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/02/politics/va-inspector-general-report/index.html). And still, Washington government bureaucrats still rave about how “great” VA healthcare and its electronic health record’s (EHR) are every day.

When will we as independent, individual citizens, stand up for those who have fought for our rights and sovereignty? When will we stand up against the bloated federal bureaucracy in Washington DC and demand that administrative ranks be thinned, budgets be balanced, and our debt paid down instead of given away as political presents to politicians’ cronies in exchange for votes and contributions to fill their campaign coffers?

Let’s not model our healthcare system after the VAs death by administration. Similar failure for patients is what ACA/Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid and other government malignant ineptitude programs will ultimately lead to. Let’s reestablish the free market in healthcare for individual insurance and private individualized care. Individual citizens should be empowered to make their own decisions about what care to obtain and how to obtain it guided by each individual’s value system.

Government burdensome red-tape regulations have only raised costs and complicated care administration and delivery since the federal government first intervened during World War II with tax-deductible employer-sponsored insurance, again in 1965 for Medicare and Medicaid, and again in 2010 with ACA/Obamacare. Free market competition will again create innovation, effectiveness and lowest cost of care. 

CRAIG M. WAX: VA to vets: 

Delay, deny, wait till they die

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/1/craig-m-wax-va-vets-delay-deny-hope-they-die/

Telemedicine in reality

“I see telemedicine as the way Government and third parties will short both patients and physicians the actual accuracy and feeling of presence and contact of the first-person therapeutic patient-physician relationship,” says Dr. Craig M. Wax. 

Privacy is a big problem getting bigger every day

Guest Post from Barbara Duck – @MedicalQuack

Privacy is a big problem getting bigger every day where its technology basically used against the consumer in the form of their data. With my background of both sales and developing, I have two thought processes going all the time if you will, the geek side visualizes and the sales side visualizes how they will market and potentially deceive the public with a lot of it to get folks on board so they can collect more data.

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US Government: “No reasonable expectation of privacy…”

From HHS CMS website:

Health Care Quality Improvement System Provider Resources
Terms and Conditions
OMB No.0938-1236 | Expiration Date: 04/30/2017 | Paperwork Reduction Act

You are accessing a U.S. Government information system, which includes (1) this computer, (2) this computer network, (3) all computers connected to this network, and (4) all devices and storage media attached to this network or to a computer on this network. This information system is provided for U.S. Government-authorized use only.

Unauthorized or improper use of this system may result in disciplinary action, as well as civil and criminal penalties.

By using this information system, you understand and consent to the following:
You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.
At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.

Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose.

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Generics vs Branded Meds: Which is Better?

Generic prescriptions can vary in amount and potency by up to 40%; 20% under or 20% over stated mg dose. With some meds, this makes little difference, but makes a huge difference in others. Insurance companies and government programs force the patient on a trial of frequently substandard generics prior to approving the patient to get brand meds. Then they make the copay so high, the patient is unable to afford it. Big pharma should be in freemarket competition with competitors to bring prices down direct to patient without insurance kickbacks called, “rebates,” to be favorably listed on insurance formulary menus. Until generics are more exact, brands are held to higher standards and frequently better.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
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