Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Letter to all who are Patients

Thousands of physicians will be distributing the following letter to their patients in the next few months and weeks. Speaking up about the detrimental effects of the new healthcare control law is becoming an important part of attending to the health and welfare of patients.

To My Patients,

Section 1311 of the new health care legislation gives the US Secretary of Health and Human Services and her appointees the power to establish care guidelines that your doctor must abide by or face penalties and fines. In making doctors answerable in the federal bureaucracy this bill effectively makes them government employees and means that you and your doctor are no longer in charge of your health care decisions. This new law politicizes medicine and in my opinion destroys the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship that makes the American health care system the best in the world.

In addition to also badly exacerbating the current doctor short age, the law will bring major cost increases, rising insur ance premiums, higher taxes, a decline in new medical techniques, a fall-off in the development of miracle drugs as well as rationing by government panels and bureaucrats like passionate rationing advocate Donald Berwick forcing delays of months or sometimes years for hospitalization or surgery. Finally, studies show the legislation will adversely affect the elderly, the poor and rural residents.

Despite countless protests by doctors and overwhelming public opposition -- up to 60% of Americans opposed this bill -- the current party in control of Congress pushed this bill through with legal bribes and Chicago-style threats and is determined now to resist any “repeal and replace” efforts. This doctor’s office is non-partisan -- always has been, always will be.

But the fact is that every Republican voted against this bad bill while the Democratic Party leadership and the White House completely dismissed the will of the people in ruthlessly pushing through this legislation. In the face of voter anger some Democratic candidates are now trying to make a cosmetic retreat, calling for minor modifications or pret ending they are opposed to government-run medicine. Once the election is over, however, they will vote with their party bosses against repealing this bill. Please remember when you vote this November that unless the Democratic party receives a strong negative message about this power grab our health care system will never be fixed and the doctor patient relationship will be ruined forever.
I will be glad to discuss this with you at the end of our consultation.

Your Doctor

A message in consultation with Docs4PatientCare - a 501(c)6 national organization of of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a health care system that preserves the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, promotes quality of care, supports affordable access to all Americans, and protects patients’ personal health care decisions. Learn more online at www.Docs4PatientCare.org

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