Thirty-three years ago I raised my right hand at Northwestern University Medical School with one hundred of my classmates and took an Oath, The Hippocratic Oath. This Oath has been taken by every practicing physician and surgeon since 400 B.C.. It is an Oath that has guided my life both inside and outside of the operating room and clinic, everyday, 24/7.  There are many aspects to The Oath, but the component I would like to address is the portion that states …..” Do No Harm.”

Over the past thirty-three years, I have dedicated my efforts to uphold The Oath and to ultimately make the health care delivery system more available, more affordable and more quality oriented for EVERY American. My efforts have been as a physician and Orthopaedic surgeon, a clinical researcher, a Prevention specialist, a health care policy analyst, an author,  an analyst in the media, an advisor to Federal and State Legislatures and several Presidential Administrations.

Unfortunately, I believe the passage of Obamacare will negate my efforts and those of many other dedicated front-line health care delivery professionals. This is NOT a political statement, it is a statement based on fact and cold hard analysis.

The heart, soul and core of Obamacare is based on what I have fought against in the insurance and HMO industries: the rationing and denying of care. It is the most unethical and inhumane means of cutting costs. I witnessed a similar approach in Canada where I completed my Fellowship training. The waits were long, and there were significant issues regarding access to quality care. Obamacare is based on the rationing and denying of care, from its inception with The Federal Coordinating Council of Comparative Effectiveness Research Council (a rationing board) created in The Stimulus Bill, to the creation of an entire multi-billion dollar center created for this same rationing board in The Health Care Bill.  I believe with the implementation of Obamacare “Affordable Care” Act, the health care delivery system will implode, making health care less available and less affordable. Quality oriented care will be non-existent.  In a word Obamacare is….. HARM.

Many states have come to the rescue of their citizens by blocking several key components of Obama HarmCare.  Many states have blocked Health Care Exchanges and the Expansion of Medicaid in order to prevent harm to their citizens. Why block exchanges? The Federal Government Accountability Office studied exchanges and concluded: “ This program is highly vulnerable to fraud and abuse and the misappropriation of funds including embezzlement, using plan funds to finance union activities and improperly charging for expenses not incurred.” Enough said.

Now, why oppose Medicaid Expansion? As a health care provider who has accepted Medicaid, (Federal Insurance for the poor and indigent) I can attest to the fact that the system is ineffective and harms patients and providers alike. Patients are provided rationed care, that leads to health care outcomes in Medicaid patients that are far worse than patients who have NO insurance at all, according to four peer reviewed medical studies. The system handcuffs providers by limiting what medications, tests and treatments can be delivered. From a payment standpoint, Medicaid reimbursement does not even cover the cost of overhead.  Providers end up subsidizing the government. A provider would not be able to sustain the losses if all patients were on Medicaid.

Unfortunately, Governor of Michigan,Rick Snyder has gone out of his way to support Obama HarmCare, Health Care Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion. In fact, he has created a one man Ground Hog Day Movie in the state. Every time Obama HarmCare is stopped in the state legislature, Snyder finds a way to get a political ally, who “owes” him, to introduce yet another piece of legislation to bring Harm to the people of Michigan.

Snyder’s latest move is to re-re-reintroduce, yet again, The Expansion of Medicaid. It was rejected by the legislature in the past, and then re-introduced only to have The Senate decide not to re-vote on it again. Now the Governor wants to have it put before a hand picked committee, so it can be then pushed back before the Senate  for a re-vote. This has all occurred after Snyder threw the biggest hissy fit in political history last week when the Senate decided to prevent harm and not vote AGAIN on Medicaid Expansion. At that time Snyder accused the Senate of wanting to go “on vacation” and “not doing their duty” – to re-vote on an issue that had already been decided. He already was a loser and the people a winner.  Speaking as a Dad, it reminds me of when I would say “No” to our daughters when they were three years old and did not want to understand the meaning of that basic word…. No !

Do No Harm: The Follow Up

Michigan Governor Rick Synder (AP Photo)

GOP Governor Officially Declares Financial Emergency in DetroitEvery Sunday from 3-5 pm eastern, I host a radio show, Operation Freedom, based at WAAM Talk 1600’s Studios in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ( www.waamradio.com)  I  invited Rick Snyder to join me live on air and “discuss” his intent to inflict Harm on the citizens of Michigan via his support of Obama Care, Health Care Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion. I invited him on the show on Sunday, July 14 from 4:30-5 pm, three days before his hand picked committee meets to re-re-reconsider Medicaid expansion. It was to be a discussion that needed to happen. It was a long overdue public dissection of the facts, which needed to occur in order to Prevent Harm!  I anxiously awaited his response to my invitation to join me in the operating room of Freedom.

The above paragraphs were sent nine days prior to the proposed interview to eight main stream media outlets in Michigan.  NONE of the eight responded or published the above Op-Ed. Yet another example that there is no longer a free press….. just a bought off press that is owned and operated by the same criminal syndicate that is in the process of stripping every American of their Freedom and Liberty.

As noted above, I invited Snyder to my show, Operation Freedom, for a discussion focusing on the facts.  I felt it was imperative the discussion occur in public so the hollow and inaccurate arguments that have been made by Snyder be exposed prior to his latest push for yet another re-vote on July 17th. After numerous invitations and e-mails, the GoverNerd was a no show. It’s an indication that either he is a hypocrite and went on vacation or he is a coward and is running away from being confronted with the facts from the frontline of health care delivery.

When he ran for Governor he marketed himself as “a Nerd” and would be the first GoverNerd of Michigan. After today, we need a name change…..Governor CowardNerd Rick Snyder.

Through the years, I have found if you shine the light of truth on an issue the cockroaches will always run away. Today was no different. Unfortunately, by running away from the interview he deprived the citizens of Michigan and those listening to the show across the United States an opportunity to discern the facts the main stream media refuses to report regarding the Freedom stripping legislation known as Obama Care.

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