Lessons from Ryan Care: We Need Reform, Not Relabeling

By: Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.

“Drain The Swamp” was President Andrew Jackson’s rallying cry to rid Washington of cronyism and corruption in 1828. This call has new meaning in 2017, intensified by the saga of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s failed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

ObamaCare, ironically called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), has created a swamp of metaphorical alligators devouring patients, physicians, and the economy. A partial list includes:

  • rising out of pocket costs
  • higher deductibles before “coverage” (if allowed at all) kicks in
  • restricted networks of doctors and hospitals
  • reduced availability of medications
  • reduced availability of home health services and medical devices
  • greater difficulty getting surgical approvals
  • reduced access to specialists and longer wait times
  • overcrowded emergency rooms
  • devastating regulatory burdens on physicians and hospitals, forcing many to close their doors
  • stunning job-killing effects of the employer mandate
  • rising taxes, and more due to go into effect in 2017.

Despite fervent Republican promises to “repeal” ObamaCare, Ryan’s AHCA has retained most of its problems. Ryan’s Plan did not ðrain the swamp. It maintained the swamp of cronyism, rewards for special interests, artificial controls on free market options, and the features that guarantee more of the unaffordable costs that drive younger, healthier, low risk patients out of the market. Continue reading

ObamaCare Repeal vs. Reality

By: Jane M. Orient, M.D.

The attempt by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other powerful Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) has run into a buzz saw of opposition from both sides. Most proponents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) concede that the Act is “not perfect.” But there is “political reality” to consider—what can make it through the congressional sausage-making machine? Already Congress is telling us the most important consideration for them: staying in power. The 2018 election will be a “bloodbath” for Republicans if AHCA is not passed—or else if it is passed.

The outcome of the midterms supposedly depends on how unhappy the American people are. But the political reality is that the happiness of the donor class is far more important. Most of the donor class resides in the Swamp. Perhaps the best thing to say about AHCA is that it has the right enemies: the AMA, big hospitals, and some big insurers (who all favor ACA). Continue reading

20 ideas to crush Obamacare and cure America’s health care crisis

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (F, 16%) is famous for declaring health care a right. He is actually correct if we were to tweak his statement to read, “free market health care is a natural right.” Yes, we the people have a right to finally create a free market health care system that will do to the medical field what Uber, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Walmart, FedEx, and UPS have all done to their respective industries.

In so many ways, health care and health insurance – and no, the two are not the same – have missed the great technological revolution. The reason? Big, bad government.

It’s time to bust apart the regulatory state that enriches the big government-big business cartel. And we can start with these 20 ideas on a state and federal level that kick government to the curb and return the power to consumers, entrepreneurs, and health care providers:

Health care reforms

  1. End the medical malpractice boondoggle
  2. Allow hospitals to turn away non-urgent illegal aliens
  3. Offer a tax deduction for those providing health care to indigents
  4. Reform FDA approval process … big time
  5. Make more drugs available over the counter
  6. Stop boxing out specialty hospitals with burdensome certifications
  7. Expand who can deliver care so health providers have to compete for the customer
  8. Promote telemedicine and other modern delivery systems
  9. Break the AMA monopoly on medicine and prevention of for-profit healthcare
  10. Repeal the HIPAA regulatory leviathan
  11. Encourage health care providers to post prices online

Health insurance reforms

  1. Tear down regulations
  2. Promote health status insurance to deal with pre-existing conditions
  3. Stop socially engineering employer-based insurance through the tax code and treat it the same as individual plans
  4. Allow unlimited Health Savings Account spending
  5. Let consumers and employers purchase health insurance plans across state lines
  6. Permit individuals to pool together for group insurance
  7. Change antitrust laws so Big Pharma’s stranglehold on competition is destroyed
  8. Make Medicaid work with the market, not destroy it
  9. Allow affluent seniors to opt out of Medicare

– See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/03/20-ideas-to-crush-obamacare-and-cure-americas-health-care-crisis#sthash.t7bVggtI.dpuf

The Maze Of Medical Pricing – How Much Does It Cost and What Are We Paying For?

By Gerard Gianoli, M.D.http://earandbalance.net

In a previous editorial, I commended candidate Trump’s proposal of price transparency for hospitals and doctors. It is astounding that this has not been an element of the GOP formula for healthcare reform until now and that an outsider had to bring it up. It is so obviously part of a free market that only in an overly regulated healthcare market could it be overlooked. However, there is another element of price transparency that the Trump campaign (along with the rest of the GOP hopefuls) missed. What about insurance industry price transparency?

Insurance premiums and deductibles are advertised by the insurance industry, but patients do not know what they are really getting for their money. Patients have no idea how much the insurance company will pay the hospital or the doctor for any of the services rendered. And most doctors and hospitals don’t know how much they will be paid by the insurance companies either. Continue reading

A Physician Comments on Donald Trump’s Health-care Plan

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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently released his health-care reform plan by summarizing the problems of Obamacare that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has been warning of since 2009:

“Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan president in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next president and a Republican Congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the health-care industry. But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal.”

Clearly Donald Trump understands the job-killing effects of Obamacare and its unsustainable costs. Thus, Step One is full repeal of Obamacare. Trump then lists several key reforms that free market proponents such as AAPS have been advocating for many years: Continue reading

Trump Is Right On Illegal Immigration: Your Medical Care Is At Risk

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.http://herplace.com

Donald Trump, the leading Republican Presidential candidate, appeared on Saturday Night Live recently in a comedy sketch including a focus on the problem of illegal immigration. Trump’s stand on illegal immigration has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. But the problem of illegal border crossers is no joking matter.

Donald Trump is right about this: illegal immigration is one of the most serious threats to national security, American sovereignty, and economic stability.

Even Trump, however, has not yet addressed the even more serious medical dangers of illegal immigration for Americans.

  • The invisible travelers coming across the border with the people: bacteria like tuberculosis (TB), viruses such as EVD-68 that killed so many US children in 2014, Ebola, West Nile, dengue fever, parasites, and fungal illnesses.
  • Delays in access to medical services for Americans with longer waits to see doctors, especially for Medicaid patients.
  • Long waits in Emergency Rooms jammed with illegals waiting for care at US taxpayer expense.
  • The vastly higher costs for states to cover Medicaid services designed to provide medical care for low-income American citizens, but now expanded to serve those here illegally as well.

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Sex, Gender, and Politics: Restore Common Sense and Public Safety

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

Some claim that sexual orientation is a preference, not genetic, and therefore can be changed. However, nothing is more clearly genetic than our biological sex. It is determined by our two “sex” chromosomes, one from each parent. Two X chromosomes determine a biological female, while one X and one Y chromosome determine a biological male. The Y chromosome can only come from the child’s father.

But in the 21st century, “gender” has moved beyond biology, morphing into a new construct that is part socio-cultural, part ideological, and part political: that gender is based on one’s self-perception of being male or female, and is changeable.

Hence we have controversial legislation allowing self-selection of public bathrooms by transgender individuals—or anyone who claims to be transgender.

“Social equality” activists believe that one’s feeling of gender cannot be questioned by the rest of society, and policies should be made according to the individual’s assumption of gender rather than biological sex. Such self-perceptions are rarely considered the criteria used for decision-making in other areas of medicine, psychiatry, or social policy. To do so across the board would result in chaos. Continue reading

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

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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If you like the $83K Scorpion Sting, You’ll Love ObamaCare

or, What a Scorpion Sting Teaches Us about Hospitals and Insurance

By, G. Keith Smith, M.D.http://www.surgerycenterok.com
A woman recently received treatment for a scorpion sting in the Chandler Regional Medical Center emergency room in Phoenix and was billed $83,000, $80,000 of which was for the new anti-venom serum, Anascorp.

According to an article in the Arizona Republic, the patient’s insurer paid more than $57,000, and the hospital is asking her for the balance of about $25,000. This is said to be the “out of network” cost.

This is scandalous, but not because her “insurance” company didn’t pay enough on this claim. Actually, part of the scandal is that the insurance paid as much as it did! Continue reading