We Must be the Paradigm Shift and Mount an Innovative Goliath Offense

Guest Post from Kris Held, MD

After spending the last 7 years treading water naively and optimistically waiting for things to be repealed and fixed and after countless trips to DC and across the country trying to cry from the wilderness of the practice of medicine from the trenches with many of you and our organizations, I am convinced this is beyond repair and will never be repealed by those in power.

The Philosophy of the architects of the current system we are floundering in is the antithesis of Hippocratic medicine and in fact works to undermine and dismantle it. Just take innovation- look at Ezekiel Emanuel’s own words on this- he believes innovation is too expensive and the taxes in Obamacare reflect this opinion. He also is an ethicist whose roots stem from his area of expertise which is dying with dignity and systems of rationing like the complete lives system. Continue reading

We need to stop looking to politicians

Richard Armstrong, MD shares his thoughts on what physicians must do following the King vs. Burwell ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States:

The government is on a fantasy fiscal trajectory and they have been for 5 decades. MACRA accelerated it, but it allowed Congress to wash their hands of the issues for about another decade. This SCOTUS decision simply says that the government can “allocate” about another $700 billion to subsidize health care spending over the next decade…roughly.

Since 1990 the percentage of GDP allocated to all federal spending has remained relatively constant. However, in 1990 1/3 of that spending was on “entitlement” programs. By 2015 the percentage has increased to ½. The projection is that by 2030 the percentage will be 2/3. Spending on entitlements will crowd out everything else. Continue reading

A Healthcare System That Works for Everyone

Guest post from Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck:

Obamacare’s days are numbered. Either the Supreme Court will strike it down via rulings on cases like King v Burwell or Halbig v Burwell; it will be repealed in 2017; or it will implode on itself taking the health of many of our citizens with it.

The annual price tag for Obamacare is $1.35 Trillion all to insure an additional 19 million citizens while 36 million still remain without health insurance. That works out to $71,052/additional enrollee/year. Against this backdrop, a high quality individual health plan could be purchased on the open market for less than $6,000/year.

It is time to think about life without Obamacare. Continue reading

Send a letter to congress to help Physicians offer Congress credible healthcare alternatives

Fill in the name of your senator or house rep and send today!

Dear Senator/Congressman,

Practicing physicians across the United States have come together to draft a simple one-page plan outlining how we believe the federal government ought to proceed if the citizens of the United States are to continue to have access to the greatest medical care in the world without bankrupting the country. We have named our group the National Physician Coalition for Freedom in Medicine.

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments in the King vs. Burwell challenge to subsidies issued through HealthCare.gov, the pressing need for alternative legislation is apparent. As practicing physicians we offer credible alternatives.

The National Physician Coalition is meeting in Washington DC on March 25th and 26th, and we are respectfully requesting to meet with you to discuss our plan in person at your convenience.

We look forward to working with you and showing you what we have come up with.

Sincerely,

National Physician Coalition for Freedom in Medicine