With President Obama and his Democratic partisans in the Senate at loggerheads with the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, an impasse has arisen of troubling proportions. The House, though, has the constitutional power of the purse, and the funding or defunding of the flawed ObamaCare law, unwanted by the vast majority American people, falls within its purview. The House has indeed the right not to fund a calamitous and burdensome law.
In his reply to my article, Dr. Miguel Faria, a very fine neurosurgeon and writer, states that it is unethical for physicians “to intrusively ask patients about the presence of guns in the home” and that by so doing, physicians become “snitches” against their own patients.
I agree that if the purpose of asking about guns is solely to report the possession of guns, and that if the physician asks “intrusively” and reports without the patient’s permission and in the absence of an imminent threat, it would be wrong.
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.
Abstract — The AMA Council on Scientific Affairs did not conduct a rigorous scientific evaluation before supporting a ban on assault weapons. The Council appears to have unquestioningly accepted common misperceptions and even partisan misrepresentations regarding the nature and uses of assault weapons. This article examines the pivotal issues and proposes a rational approach to gun control and more effectual measures to reduce violence in our society.
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At least two (and soon, possibly three) decisions in the spring of 1996 have boosted the forces pressing for the legalization of assisted suicide an pushing us down the slippery slope of active euthanasia.
Dear Dr. Orient,
Managed Care (HMO) Dissatisfaction
Dissatisfaction with managed care and HMOs continues to grow. Readers of the Medical Sentinel should find of interest (but not surprising) the following aggregate of opinion polls conducted by The Wall Street Journal, Harris Polling, ABC, Newsweek, and both political parties:
The percentage of Americans that believe managed care has hurt the following aspects of medical care:
The AMNews (July 8/15) reports on the views of its leaders. I would like to make a few comments about their positions regarding health care reform and dropping membership.
“This has been our most successful season of Washington lobbying in more than 20 years. As a result, no new regulatory restrictions are being placed on our profession,” said outgoing AMA President Lonnie R. Bristow, MD. Interesting. And I thought that the AMA legislative priorities were to support more insurance regulations about portability and gag clauses.
Written by two reporters, this book contains a wealth of information about the history and inner workings of the American Medical Association since its founding in 1847. It is divided into two parts. The first covers how the AMA is organized, the history of its development, its ongoing battle against compulsory health insurance, a description of its political action committee (AMPAC), and a discussion of its support for the business ethic. The second covers the AMA's response to health issues including alternative medicine, the tobacco problem, abortion, and the AIDS epidemic.
In A.D. 1212, a Children's Crusade was formed allegedly
to rescue the Holy Sepulcher. Instead, the children were
lured and sold into slavery by unscrupulous and cruel
traders. Thousands of innocent children died of hunger
and disease and from their brutal ordeal. It is said that
the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who led
the children by the tune of his pipe,
derives from this dreadful affair.
The American Medical Association (AMA) has become a chameleon in its medical ethics. Examples abound. Long after the cancer- and other disease-causing effects of cigarettes were known, the AMA continued to accept money from tobacco, even promoting particular brands.(1) Not until 1981 did the AMA finally sell investments in tobacco stocks under heavy pressure from the news media and anti-tobacco groups of young physicians.
The 1991 American Medical Association (AMA) campaign against domestic violence (and towards gun control) launched for public relations and media consumption went hand in hand with a previously articulated (1979) U.S. Public Health Service objective of complete eradication of handguns in America, beginning with a 25% reduction in the national inventory by the year 2000!(1)
Thank God for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). While the AMA has been busy selling its name to the Sunbeam Corporation and giving its seal of approval to HCFA in return for profits from the sale of coding books, the AAPS has shown yet again it's unwavering commitment to the patient-doctor relationship and professional ethics. While the AMA is busy collaborating with the enemy (HCFA) to bring us increased government bureaucracy, the AAPS is fighting back by filing a lawsuit against HCFA.
On April 27th, the AMA hosted a self-described "Flyin" for physicians to express their comments and outrage about the new E&M Documentation Guidelines (the "Guidelines") due to go into effect on July 1st. As Dr. Nino Camardese discovered when he flew to this event, however, the AMA denied entrance even to its own longstanding members, unless handpicked beforehand. In fact, the AMA limited attendance and discussion to a predetermined set of physicians and administrators.
I hope you have accessed the AMA website for medical ethics because as an AMA member I am in a quandary as to what to do. In their documents you can find what I think are many seeds of our destruction. While the majority of the information sounds good, it essentially amounts to belated and reactive postures to the orderly transfer of our autonomy to resource managers who hide behind "public health" and "quality" as quasi-legal terms of art which they are not...
In the December 23/30, 1998 issue of JAMA, Wintemute GJ, Drake CM, Beaumont JJ, Wright MA, and Parham CA, authored a pro-gun control article entitled, "Prior Misdemeanor Convictions as a Risk Factor for Later Violent and Firearm-Related Criminal Activity Among Authorized Purchasers of Handguns" (JAMA 1998;280(24):2083-2087). In the following letters, two physician respond to the editors of JAMA.
Physician, Heal Thyself!
Vaccines --- Kill or Cure?
As the controversial debate over mandatory vaccine policy heats up igniting passions, it is perhaps appropriate we summarize what is known about the manifest benefits of modern vaccines, not forgetting the tremendously salutary impact on health and longevity wrought about by better living conditions, hygiene and sanitation, in general, and the introduction and subsequent widespread use of antibiotics, in particular.
Dr. Faria's revealing articles, "Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Parts I-II)," which have also been posted at NewsMax.com, are excellent and much of it news to non-medical professionals like me.
1) Is the AMA headed in the direction of becoming a self-funded organization, answerable to no-one, not even its membership --- rather like AARP?
Gun control was a subject at everyone of the fifty-three AMA sessions at which I represented California. It was always loudly supported, but I and a few others were able to defeat each resolution and/ or amendments. I remember one time having to move for "informal session" and then bringing on the defeat after resuming regular session. I'm not sure why that doesn't work now.
I have several articles on "gun control" --- in fact, a three ring binder [having bearing on these proceedings].
The title of the Report from the States (Medical Sentinel 2001;6(1):33) should be "...Assure our Future," not "Insure."
...The American Medical Association (AMA) is dominated by delegates from specialty organizations instead of delegates appointed by the county and state medical societies, as was its original purpose and policy. In organized medicine solo and general practitioners are being decimated.
Doctors Expose AMA's Secret Pact with the Federal Government
"Kathryn Serkes, public relations counsel for the AAPS, issued the following statement in response to a letter sent by Sen. Trent Lott to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson calling for an end to the American Medical Association's monopoly on CPT codes that doctors are required to use to bill Medicare and Medicaid:
Dear Senator Lott,
What bothers me in Drs. Cihak and Glueck's August 14, 2001 article on WorldNetDaily is the implication CPT codes should be free to the doctors. This seems to say we approve of coding. I certainly do not. They are the bane of our existence forcing us to waste hours searching for numbers and letters and modifications to fit some idiotic aspect of a disease. Have you noticed how often disease fails to comply with our observation forcing us to bend numbers in order to justify some insurance eyes looking at us?
I received two faxes from the AMA in the past week. It asks for my help in contacting senators regarding their work with physician payments. If not changed we will lose about 5 percent in fees. Maybe some other readers received the same fax.
With the definite resurgence of the medical liability crisis, a recapitulation of the AMA's campaign for the implementation of tort reform in the last several years is in order to better understand where we have been and where we are headed in our struggle for meaningful and substantive medical liability ("malpractice") tort reform.
Dear Dr. Corlin,
You probably don't remember me, but we met when I attended the California Medical Society lobbying session during my year as Alaska State Medical Society president, a dozen, or so, years ago.
I am a former competitive shooter and gun collector --- a gun nut, if you will. I am also a life member of the NRA (since 1947).