Marion Mass, M.D.: A doctor’s perspective: Who stands for patients in the health-care debate?

I would like to share a great article posted on philly.com written by Marion Mass, M.D.  She is a practicing physician and a vocal member of  Physicians Working Together, a grassroots organization of physicians working to change the system from the inside.   Dr. Mass asks that if after you read this and feel compelled, call your lawmakers(congress and Both senators) and ask them to stop taking HC lobby money from those who do not serve the interest of the patient’s of America. Then consider sharing on other social media tagging 10 and sharing this with 10 people in your district … Continue reading

The latest update from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons on Obamacare: According to Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) architect Jonathan Gruber, ObamaCare is working just as intended. The main problem is that the mandate penalty (which is actually a non-mandate, non-penalty tax, according to the U.S. Supreme Court) is too small, in his view. If we could attract more low-risk people to sign up, premiums would fall, and insurers would flock to the market instead of leaving. The average 22% increase in premiums is not a crisis, he says, because it affects so few people. Most (85%) … Continue reading

Out-of-network costs to soar for members of Maine health insurance co-op (Portland Press Herald)

The Portland Press Herald posted an article on Oct. 28, 2016 reporting on the outrageous increases in premiums and out of network deductibles for the upcoming year for those unfortunate enough to be stuck with coverage through the Obamacare exchange carrier, Community Health Options. To read the article, click here. My response is as follows: The great irony in this story is that the insurance companies would have us all believe that all out of network coverage is always more expensive, and therefore should be discouraged at all cost. In actuality, the opposite is often true. For example, a cardiac … Continue reading

Why I Do Not Support The American Academy of Family Physicians

For many years, in fact since I was a newly minted physician in my internship, I was a proud member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  I felt that it was an organization that was all about supporting the rights and privileges of family doctors like myself.  I thought that it would help advocate for its member physicians and their patients. Several years ago, I realized how wrong I was.  Like many other big organizations, it became too wrapped up in politics and advancing its own interests above those of the people who they are supposed to represent, … Continue reading

Give the Poor Insurance Companies a Break

This is another great Authentic Medicine blog by Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He points out that  we, the common men and women of this country, must comply with the rule of law and purchase health insurance or face fines.  Meanwhile, the companies that pushed the legislation through to guarantee they have involuntary customers face no consequences for not delivering what we are paying for.  It must be nice to be a crony capitalist… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. In another example of this administration doing whatever ever they want with the Affordable Care Act it was found recently that “health insurers that sell … Continue reading

The Dry Tortugas and Being a Deplorably Good Physician by Dr. Marilyn Singleton

This is a brilliant piece by my friend, Dr. Marilyn Singleton.  She is both a doctor of medicine and a doctor of law.  She does a fantastic job at calling out the political establishment for what they have done, and are planning to do to health care in America.  Not only will you not be able to keep your doctor, but your doctor will not be able to keep his/her practice open after they are done. This article comes from The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) website, Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Hillary … Continue reading

Feds Will Soon Sell Your Health Data

This is one more reason we feel good about not being tied to insurance companies or using electronic medical records! From Citizen’s Council For Health Care Freedom: Feds Will Soon Sell Your Health Data A new Obamacare rule allows the sale of data collected from federal health care programs. Organizations with a recent “established patient relationship” can buy data with the person’s name attached. Other groups get only de-identified data (which is not anonymized and may allow reidentification). If health insurers want the federal data, they must submit data on most of their non-government enrollees (employees, children, privately insured) to the data pool. The … Continue reading

Dr. Big Brother

This entry below comes from the Authentic Medicine Blog edited by Douglas Farrago, M.D. He brilliantly points out that time of Big Brother is here.  The government and insurance companies are third parties that have been inserting themselves into the once sacred doctor:patient relationship for decades.  While they had always claimed that they are not practicing medicine or telling doctors what they can or cannot do for their patients, they really did.  If they refuse to pay for something, that thing will likely not get done, especially because the prices are overinflated because of the administrative cost of dealing with insurers. They … Continue reading

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

This blog by Avik Roy, although three years old, is just as true today as it was when first published. Shame on the AARP for selling out its constituents, our country’s senior citizens, solely for political reasons and greed. I will never join, and encourage any members to walk with their feet!   SEP 22, 2012  How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare Avik Roy Forbes Opinion Editor and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow United States Senator Jim DeMint at a rally for United States Senate candidate Rand Paul in Erlanger, Kentucky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As … Continue reading

Medicare Hassling Patients For Medicine Costing $8 Per Year??!!

Just when I thought I could not be surprised at how petty and annoying the insurance companies and Medicare could be, they prove me wrong. I saw a patient today who has been taking a medications called lisinopril.  It is a blood pressure medicine he has used for years.  It can not only lower blood pressure, but can also help the heart, and protect the kidney from diabetes.  Because he has both diabetes and heart disease, he needs to be on this drug.  It has been generic for quite a long time.  In our practice, we can get it for about … Continue reading