health care reform

Faria: Rationed care is coming our way!

When I get a chance I read Viewpoints, the busy electronic version of the Macon Telegraph (MT), which frequently has heated discussions. On September 5, a discussion centered on a MT reader who stated that although in good health at age 75, his doctor would not perform a PSA test or a colonoscopy because "it was not needed" and besides "something else would kill me before colon or prostate cancer does [given his age]."

Perinatal Mortality, Free Care, and Other Misconceptions — Socialized Medicine vis-à-vis American Medicine

Journal/Website: 
Exclusive for HaciendaPublishing.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I have visited 70 countries all over the world. There is no healthcare system that provides the excellence that the USA system does. Much of what you read in the press is not true.(2) Virtually everyone in the USA can obtain healthcare; for those who are “involuntarily uninsured” the number is near 4% not the 47% that everyone quotes.(2,11) I would fully support some system to provide care for the involuntarily uninsured in any system or country.

The Medical Gulag

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 1992

Acquiescence is the trademark of the slave.
Aristotle (4th Century B.C.)

Sleeping With the Enemy

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 1993

As you may or may not know, there are no physicians from organized medicine serving on Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Health Care Task Force—MDs who represent practitioners and their patients. Those MDs who are on the task force, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), are mostly “federal employees” who do not represent the profession. It is reasonable to assume that more likely they represent the bureaucracies whence they came and which sign their paychecks.

In Search of the Fountain of Youth

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Sunday, February 5, 1995

I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work.
I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

Woody Allen

The Data Bank in Big Brother’s Scheme of Things

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Friday, September 2, 1994

Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their Government, they will find that their Government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish ambitions.

Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the U.S. [1923-1929]) and
Alfred E. Smith (Joint Statement issued October 12, 1932)

The True Numbers of Uninsured Americans

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 1993

A half-truth is a whole lie.
Jewish Proverb

Anything repeated three times in Washington becomes fact.
Eugene McCarthy

Vandals Within the Gates

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Friday, December 2, 1994

All the information that has come to light regarding the deliberations, inappropriate and shocking revelations, of the secret Health Care Task Force of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton thanks to the lawsuit, AAPS v.

Vandals at the Gates

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 1994

But what events have led us to this deplorable state of affairs with American medicine headed inexorably in the wrong direction—down the path of welfarism, collectivism, and corporatism? To answer this loaded and troublesome question, perhaps one should ponder the words of the politician par excellence, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who once admitted, “Nothing just happens in politics. If something happens, you can be sure it was planned that way.”  So, in our search for answers, let us glean and ponder the changes ushered in the 1960s by the Great Society of President Lyndon B.

Bioethics — The Life and Death Issue

Since the time of Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.), the Father of Medicine, physicians have traditionally subscribed to doing no harm and prescribed what is in the best interest of their individual patients; in other words, putting their patients first. This concept is known as individual-based ethics.

The new bioethics movement, on the other hand, subscribes to population-based ethics, in which physicians become obligated to make decisions for their patients in concert with what is in the best interest of society or the state.

Betrayal: The ruling on Obamacare and the federal judiciary

The upholding of Obamacare by the Supreme Court in an unexpected 5-4 political decision is a travesty of American constitutionality. It is a sad day in the country when a knowledgeable chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court betrays the country and places himself and his legacy -- not to mention the chants for “change” and “progress,” and his obvious desire for a favorable, epochal association with the first African-American president -- ahead of the moral and economic well-being of the nation.

Betrayal: The Ruling on ObamaCare and the Federal Judiciary

Journal/Website: 
Exclusive for HaciendaPublishing.com
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2012

The upholding of ObamaCare by the Supreme Court in an unexpected 5-4 political decision is a travesty of American constitutionality. It is a sad day in the country when a knowledgeable Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court betrays the country and places himself and his legacy — not to mention the chants for "change" and "progress," and his obvious desire for a favorable, epochal association with the first African-American president — ahead of the moral and economic well being of the nation.

ObamaCare — Another step toward corporate socialized medicine in the U.S.

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/text.asp?2012/3/1/71/97729

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010), more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, has become one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled, 111th U.S. Congress during President Obama’s administration.

Faria: ObamaCare — Politics and Constitutionality

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/03/20/faria-obamacare-politics-and-constitutionality/

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010), more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, has become one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled, 111th U.S. Congress during President Obama’s administration.

National Health Insurance (Part II): Any Social Utility in the Elderly? by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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Exclusive for HaciendaPublishing.com
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2009

In Part I of this article, I discussed a concept that is always on the mind of the socialist planner and that is "social utility." To fully understand this concept one has to understand the socialist philosophy, if it can indeed be called a philosophy — in general, philosophies are analytical.

National Health Insurance (Part I): The Socialist Nightmare by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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Exclusive for HaciendaPublishing.com
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One characteristic of the collectivists is that when a particular term becomes unpopular, such as the word socialism, they create a succession of more socially friendly terms. For example, in the 1800s they did not shy away from the term socialism, but as people began to understand that socialism was a form of social control and engineering, they dropped the term for more acceptable terms such as liberalism, progressivism and collectivism. The socialist promoting a government-run health care system did likewise.

Faria: ObamaCare — Toward Free Market or Socialized Medicine?

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2011

In a recent letter to the editor published in my local newspaper, the Macon Telegraph (9/16/11), Jack Bernard, a self-described "Republican,” retired health care executive, was "disconcerted by the ideological free market rigidity” that he observed during a debate by the Republican presidential candidates concerning “the health care reform question.”

Free Medicine or Socialized Medicine?

In a recent column, Jack Bernard, a self-described “Republican” retired health care executive, was “disconcerted by the ideological free market rigidity” of Republican presidential candidates as it regards health care.

The retired “Republican” executive, among other things, decried Rep. Michele Bachmann’s alleged tarring of ObamaCare as a “socialized medicine plot.” His solution is simply “to copy the health care of other developed (socialized) nations” and use more “regulatory authority to cover everyone and hold down costs.”

Socialized Medicine by the Back Door: School-based Clinics in Arizona

Author: 
Joseph M. Scherzer, MD
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
Summer 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
2

The winter of 1996 generated “interesting times” for the Arizona Chapter of the AAPS. After our legislative success in establishing an HMO Disclosure bill last year, we attempted to expand on past accomplishments by seeking passage of a Patient Protection Act. Our bid was summarily killed by a legislator who the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) had supported.

California — Fighting for MSAs

Author: 
Mark Schiller, MD
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
Summer 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
2

The California Chapter of the AAPS (CAAPS) has been in existence for about 18 months now. The Golden State has been a battleground in which our chapter has been in a continual struggle against managed care (reportedly controlling 85% of the health care market), on the one side; and an influential bunch of single-payer advocates on the other side. (Three million Californians voted for a single-payer system in the 1994 ballot initiative.) Some of these battles were reported last year at the AAPS Annual Meeting in Falls Church, Virginia.

Oregon Initiative — Patient Protection Act of 1996

Author: 
Thomas W. Mann
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
Summer 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
2

With the goal of stopping the use of capitation as a method of paying health care providers in his state, Salem Oregon ophthalmologist, Dr. Gordon Miller, has circulated a citizen initiative petition banning the practice, and claims to have enough signatures to place the issue before the Oregon voters in November 1996.

Your Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism About National Health Care by Jane M. Orient, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

Your Doctor Is Not In was written by an internist in solo private practice who is also executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Jane M. Orient is a gifted writer and a prominent figure in the health care reform discussion, who here addresses many of the problems with our health care system and offers solutions.

Code Blue: Health Care In Crisis by Edward R. Annis, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

Americans enjoy the best medical care in the history of the world, but our system is being destroyed by government regulation, by the socialist principles embodied in the Medicare and Medicaid systems, and by the liberal social policies our society has followed over the last half century: that is the theme of Code Blue: Health Care In Crisis, by Dr. Edward R. Annis, past president of both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the World Medical Association, and one of America’s most distinguished physicians.

Health Care Reform: The Solution Is Obvious

Author: 
John H. Boyles, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

In the past 20 years, the economics of our health care delivery system has evolved from overutilization to underutilization. In the 1970s, providers (physicians and hospitals) were rewarded for providing too much medical care. Because of unrestricted first dollar coverage of that era’s health insurance plans both patient and provider were encouraged to overutilize procedures, tests, and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Leviathan Will See You Now By William Norman Grigg

Journal/Website: 
Pro Libertate
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, March 22, 2010
Source: 
http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2010/03/dr-leviathan-will-see-you-now.html

Rejoice and be glad, Americans!

Owing entirely to the visionary compassion of the Dear Leader and his party, the same regime that has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, that poured trillions of dollars into the coffers of Wall Street kleptocrats, that brought its unique healing touch to victims of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and that routinely commits similar acts of divine charity, will now relieve you of the burden of making your own health care decisions.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by Jane H. Ingraham

Journal/Website: 
The New American
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Monday, October 3, 1994

A Physician's Diagnosis

Here is an unusual book; half is a history of Western civilization and half a powerful exhortation against government control of the delivery of health care. Far from being disconnected, these two subjects are thoughtfully woven together by Dr. Miguel Faria, eminent neurosurgeon at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by David A. Hyman, MD, JD

Journal/Website: 
The New England Journal of Medicine, February 23, 1995 - Vol. 332, No. 8, pp. 542-543
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 1995
Source: 
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199502233320818

How is one to describe a book in which chapter I begins with the words "In the beginning" and that then proceeds to discuss, in 32 chapters, the history of humanity and the development of medicine and medical ethics - up to, and including, the ill-fated Clinton health plan? The book has been written by a practicing neurosurgeon with wide-ranging interests. Its sweep through history is demonstrated by the 30 photographic plates of such mythological and historical figures as Osiris, Hippocrates, and Vesalius.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by Jane M. Orient, MD

Journal/Website: 
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 15, 1995 - Vol. 273, No. 11, pp. 892-893
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 1995
Source: 
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=387513

According to an old Cuban proverb, "Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente" (shrimp that sleep are swept away by the current). Some physicians may find Dr. Faria's wake-up call as welcome as a blast of Arctic wind. In his view, the current policy of most medical organizations --- "nonconfrontation and cooperation" --- could make them, in effect, accomplices of the barbarians.

Book Review of Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine. Reviewed by Conrad F. Meier

Journal/Website: 
The Freeman — Ideas on Liberty
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 1998
Source: 
http://www.thefreemanonline.org/book-reviews/book-review-medical-warrior-by-miguel-a-faria-jr-md/

Warning! If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before reading Medical Warrior. Dr. Miguel Faria writes with such fervor and conviction about the looming dangers of a health-care system dominated by big government, big business, and big labor that people with medical problems may wish to read something far less provocative.

Reclaiming American Medicine

Author: 
Nino M. Camardese, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
January/February 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
1

To all concerned Americans,