Is Donald Trump Right About Single Payer?

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD – http://herplace.com

As an independent physician advocate for patients against restrictions of “establishment medicine,” I greatly admire that both Senator Cruz and Donald Trump have been unafraid to speak the truth about critical issues that affect the very survival of our country.

I applaud Trump and Cruz for boldly stating the obvious: the flood of illegals into America is costing us dearly in lives and social costs. They are right: it must be stopped, and soon.

Trump has also been masterfully successful in business. He understands that the key with countries like Mexico, China, Russia, Iran, and others is negotiation from a position of strength, not concession.

But these two men are at opposite ends of the spectrum on healthcare:

  • Trump admires the “single-payer” system of Canada and Scotland/UK.
  • Cruz is for immediate and total repeal of Obamacare.

“Single payer” is healthcare policy jargon. Most people don’t know what it really means: government control of every aspect of medical care delivery, how many doctors, in what specialties, what treatments are allowed and for whom, and price controls that drive hospitals, doctors, home health agencies, hospices, medical device makers, and pharmaceutical companies out of business. All of the controls implicit in “single-payer” healthcare mean patients lose access to medical care.

Cruz supports a return to the free market, giving patients more control, and portability, more choices of what insurance to buy and what treatments to use. It is freedom that has allowed the innovation making American medicine the best in the world, with the best survival times for critical illnesses.

I have personally experienced being a patient for major medical emergencies and surgeries in two free-market systems (U.S. and Santiago, Chile) plus 3 single-payer systems (UK, Argentina, and Canada). I will tell you unequivocally that for top quality, best outcomes, and survival, the U.S. and Chile lead the world.

“Single-payer” government-run systems everywhere, as I experienced as a patient, have three consistent, systemic, and immutable flaws:

  • Long waits for access to primary medical care, even longer for specialists;
  • Reduced options for state-of-the-art treatment and choice of specialists;
  • Reduced quality of care. Simply look at the VA here in the U.S. to see how the single payer treats our veterans.

To take an approach from business, at which Trump clearly excels: check the bottom line. In every example of single-payer systems, the bottom line is the same: Patients lose.

Some patients lose their lives waiting for care. Some lose critical function unable to get timely treatment. Most lose quality of life.

I doubt that Trump would accept such poor quality outcomes for his business enterprises. Why should we accept these poor results for medical care that affects patients’ lives?

Since Trump’s business success has come from free market opportunities that would have been denied him in a “single payer” buyer’s monopoly (or monopsony), I respectfully recommend that he re-evaluate his position on whether single payer “works well” for patients with serious medical problems.

On the issue of freedom, and thus excellence in medicine, Senator Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson are exactly right: Obamacare must be repealed in its monstrous entirety. The GOP members of Congress, and other Presidential candidates, have been talking about “tweaking” or “fixing” Obamacare rather than repealing it.

Think about it. You would not want to “tweak” or “fix” a bomb under your house! You’d want it dismantled and removed. Obamacare is a bomb already exploding healthcare costs, closing hospitals and doctors’ offices, and reducing patients’ choices of physicians and hospitals.

Mr. Trump’s “single-payer” model of government micro-management, restricted options, and price controls do not work any better in medicine than in business.

The first GOP debate certainly created a firestorm on many issues. I work in Arizona and Texas, so I know the border issues in depth, particularly as they place heavy burdens on the medical system and taxpayers. Cruz and Trump are both right on immigration.

On medicine, Cruz and Carson see the most clearly. Free markets are crucial for business—including the business of medical care.

Medicine, however, is more than a business: it is patients’ lives at stake.

Decisions in medicine belong in the hands of patients and the doctors they choose: not in the hands of third parties, such as insurers under Obamacare dictates, or government as “single-payer.” Cruz and Carson support return to patient-centered medicine. I approve this message.

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For further substantiation, see Forbes link here:  No, Donald Trump, Single-Payer Health Care Doesn’t ‘Work Incredibly Well’ In Canada & Scotland


Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of Med Expert Chile, SpA, an international medical consulting company based in Santiago, Chile whose mission is high quality, lower cost medical care focused on preserving medical freedom, privacy, and the Oath of Hippocrates commitment to individual patients. Dr. Vliet is a past Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Dr. Vliet also has an active US medical practice in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems. Dr. Vliet received a NECO 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Arizona Foundation for Women 2007 Voice of Women award for her pioneering medical and educational advocacy for overlooked hormone connections in women’s health. She received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her B.S. and Master’s degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and Friends, Sean Hannity and many nationally syndicated radio shows across the country as well as numerous Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law. Dr. Vliet is a past co-host of America’s Fabric radio show. Dr. Vliet’s health books include: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid; Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect– And Doctors STILL Ignore; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Great Sex, Strength, and Stamina, and The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS. Dr. Vliet’s websites are http://www.HerPlace.com, and http://www.MedExpertChile.com.

Planned Parenthood Abortions: Over 80% are Black or Hispanic Babies

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD

In the wake of Center for Medical Progress release of videos showing Planned Parenthood’s sale of human baby organs for profit, there has been an outcry that those who protest such organ sales are “attacking women” or “blocking women’s health.” What an outrageous statement.

As a physician specialist in Women’s Health for over 25 years, I say categorically that abortion is NOT “healthcare.” Medicine and physicians strive to preserve LIFE. Abortion is death. Abortion is the anti-thesis of life. That is why most physicians do not practice abortion and cringe at the thought.

In fact, for over 2,500 years, the Oath of Hippocrates for physicians has prohibited us from performing abortions or prescribing abortifacient drugs.

In my clinical practice seeing women, I find two victims of abortion: the soul and life of the baby who never had a choice, and the soul and psyche of the woman who chose to have her baby killed.  Years later, the abortion takes its toll on women in higher rates of depression, anxiety, and even endocrine hormonal problems.

Let’s be correct in terms: Abortion ends the life of a baby. In fact, if it isn’t a baby, then the woman isn’t pregnant.

Planned Parenthood uses benign terms as fetus, tissue, specimen, or “glob of cells” is designed to confuse patients and the public, and to hide the emotional impact of the reality: this is a human babywhose life is being snuffed out. Now we see that PP is using body parts from this “blob of tissue” to bring in revenue, beyond its 500 million a year in federal funding from taxpayers!

Planned Parenthood abortion practices are even more horrific than anyone knew. Doctors and their assistants actually use ultrasound, normally a life-saving diagnostic tool, as instrument of death to crush the baby in such a way to retrieve undamaged organs. Doctors who did this in a normal hospital setting would likely lose their license or possibly face jail.

The baby’s death is not done in any gentle or humane way. Babies are crushed. Torn apart whilealive. Cut into pieces in ways to save whole organs for sale and profit. Abortionists cannot usefeticides such as digoxin to kill the baby first. That would make the saleable (profitable) organs then unusable. That means the baby is crushed for organ retrieval while still alive.

The Planned Parenthood doctors make Dr. Joseph Menegle, Hitler’s “Doctor of Death” look like an angel of mercy by comparison.

Planned Parenthood itself is a misleading name, designed to obscure the role as agency of death to 1.6 million babies annually. It is more correctly called Planned Infanticide.

An even darker side of Planned “Parenthood” is the connection to the American Eugenics movement of the early 1900s that subsequently led Hitler to his views of racial cleansing to create a “Master Race”.

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood in 1916 and idolized by feminists today, was a leader in the Eugenics movement, speaking and writing extensively on the urgency of “exterminating inferior races.”

Sanger focused particularly on blacks, saying “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Sanger also wrote “Slaves, Latin, and Hebrew immigrants are…a deadweight of human waste. Blacks,soldiers, and Jews are a menace to the (human) race.

Sanger must be ecstatic. Her legacy of Planned Parenthood has cost the lives of over 57 million babies since 1973, with over 13 MILLION of them African-American babies.  That makes Planned Parenthood the leader in Black Genocide. Over 80% of Planned Parenthood abortions are either Black or Hispanic babies. There are now more abortions among Blacks in New York than there are live births.

Today’s Black Lives Matter proponents apparently do not know this hidden side of Planned Parenthood’s abortion deaths of Blacks,  or they would not keep supporting political candidates who vote for taxpayer funding of Planned clinics that destroy so many black babies.

CONSIDER:

  • Planned Parenthood conducts 1.6 million abortions annually, according to CDC statistics.
  • They receive more than half a billion dollars annually in taxpayer funding.
  • It is against US law to perform abortions in a manner designed to preserve heart, lung, liver and other organs intact. Yet for Planned Parenthood, this is exactly what they are doing according to their own admissions on camera.
  • Sales of baby organs are big business for Planned Parenthood’s coffers. Details of actual dollars generated are still withheld from public scrutiny.

In another bizarre twist, typical of the cronyism and hidden agendas that dominate the Washington DC cartel today, House Speaker Boehner’s Health Policy Director Charlotte Ivancic, is the sister of Cate Dyer, the CEO of Stem Express, LLC that buys organs from Planned Parenthood. Could this explain Speaker Boehner’s block of the House vote to defund Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood reports to be a “women’s health” provider to justify its federal funding. Yet all of the non-abortion medical services are already available through taxpayer-funded federal community health clinics. Taxpayers should not be hit twice for the same services.

America, what have we become that we allow such mass killing of human babies and selling of their organs? What have we become that our elected representatives do not enforce existing laws to stop criminal practices? Is this who we as a country really are?

“Women’s health” needs to return to a focus on life, health, and the entirety of our humanness with multiple medical, emotional, and spiritual needs.


Author/Contributor short bio:  

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., Dr. Vliet is Chief Medical Officer of Med Expert Chile, SpA, an international medical consulting company based in Santiago, Chile whose mission is high quality, lower cost medical care focused on preserving medical freedom, privacy, and the Oath of Hippocrates commitment to individual patients. Dr. Vliet is a past Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Dr. Vliet also has an active US medical practice in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems.   Dr. Vliet received a NECO 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Arizona Foundation for Women 2007 Voice of Women award forher pioneering medical and educational advocacy for overlooked hormone connections in women’s health. She received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed specialty training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She earned her B.S. and Master’s degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Dr. Vliet has appeared on FOX NEWS, Cavuto, Stuart Varney Show, Fox and Friends, Sean Hannity and many nationally syndicated radio shows across the country as well as numerous Healthcare Town Halls addressing the economic and medical impact of the 2010 healthcare law.  Dr. Vliet is a past co-host of America’s Fabric radio show. Dr. Vliet’s health books include: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid; Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect– And Doctors STILL  Ignore; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Great Sex, Strength, and Stamina, and The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS. Dr. Vliet’s websites are www.HerPlace.com,and www.MedExpertChile.com 

See Dr Vliet’s early warnings on bringing diseases over our borders here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwSn85WXZvM

Millennials Under Attack from ObamaCare

In this episode of America’s Fabric, Dr. Vliet discusses the harm ObamaCare is causing to young Americans. Millennials, now between the ages of 18-34, have LOWER incomes, LESS wealth, HIGHER unemployment, and GREATER DEBT than the baby boomers had at the same stage of life.

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with special guest: Shelley Kais
Congressional Candidate (AZ-2)
www.ShelleyKaisForCongress.com

From the talk show “America’s Fabric” 4/6/2014 AmericasFabric.com  — KVOI 1030AM — Tucson, AZ

Medicare Under Attack

In this episode of America’s Fabric, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet of http://HerPlace.com, lists the TOP FIVE recent changes to Medicare. Medicare as you have known it has been drastically transformed under Obamacare in many ways that affect your ability to get the medical care you need when you need it, even if you want to pay out of pocket. With special guest: Shelley Kais Congressional Candidate (AZ-2) http://ShelleyKaisForCongress.com, From the talk show “America’s Fabric” 3/16/2014 AmericasFabric.com  — KVOI 1030AM — Tucson, AZ

Government Medical Guidelines Can Jeopardize Your Life and Health

On July 18, 2013 FoxNews.com reported Yale researchers’ findings that avoidance of estrogen likely led to the premature deaths of 50,000 women over the last 10 years, as a result of flawed FDA guidelines. As ObamaCare increases federal control over allowed medical treatments in the US, such government distortion of research will likely be even more hazardous to your health.

From the talk show “America’s Fabric” 8/11/2013 AmericasFabric.com – KVOI 1030AM – Tucson, AZ

Employer Mandate Delay & Medicaid Expansion: Path to Total Government Control?

Dr. Vliet discusses recent events that combine to push us further down the road to government-controlled medical care by undermining the ability of private medical insurance plans to remain in business. The Obama administration announced July 3, 2013 that it would delay by one year the enforcement of the employer mandate provision of Obamacare that forces large employers to provide affordable healthcare for their employees or else pay a $2000 penalty per worker. By forcing individuals to purchase Continue reading

Health Care Options for the Future: A Tale of Two Countries

The stark differences between the neighboring countries of Argentina and Chile provide a lesson for us here in the USA. If our tradition of liberty continues to decline, so too will your ability to access high-quality medical services and medical privacy. As the tsunami of ObamaCare hits in 2014, making plans now to receive your medical care in countries where economic freedom flourishes could be critical to your future health and wealth.

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From the talk show “America’s Fabric” 4/21/2013 AmericasFabric.com — KVOI 1030AM — Tucson, AZ

Going to the Doctor? Got your passport?

Government intrusions, including the 2010 health care law limiting medical treatment options and new threats to Second Amendment rights, are jeopardizing your liberty, privacy, and ultimately your right to defend your body and life.

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., speaks about new international options to protect your medical privacy and freedom and be able to obtain the life-saving medical care you may need.

Learn more at http://www.InternationalHealthStrategiesLtd.com.

Even With Private Health Insurance, Gov’t Will Be In Control

From Investors Business Daily 2/26/2013

By Besty McCaughey, PhD

If you think the Obama health law won’t affect you because you have private insurance, keep reading.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced final rules for private insurance last week.

The federal government will have control over your care. Sec. 1311 of the law empowers the secretary of Health and Human Services to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients and what questions patients must be asked.

Your doctor will enter your information into an electronic database, your doctor’s decisions will be monitored for compliance with federal guidelines, and your doctor may have to choose between what is best for you and avoiding a government penalty.

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