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June 27, 2012

President's Commentary



I am in Washington D.C. this week and will report soon on events surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare happening tomorrow June 28th.

Now on to the news . . .

News to Know:

CCHF Issues Report on National Patient ID 

Last week CCHF released the  first-ever report on the mounting industry and government attempts to undo Congressman Ron Paul's 1998 prohibition against the controversial Unique Patient Identifier (UPI) required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. On Friday, the  CCHF report, "National Patient ID" was discussed on American Family Radio. Brian Fischer, the talk show host of Focal Point,  interviewed CCHF's president, who authored the report.  Listen in!

How We Die

The New England Journal of Medicine  looked through 200 years of back issues to see how cause of death has changed over time. They have a  fascinating chart of their results (see below). Reporting on the changes, The Washington Post states, "The first thing to notice here is how much our mortality rate has dropped over the course of a century, largely due to big reductions in infectious diseases like tuberculosis and influenza." Statistics are interesting things, but just to be clear about our mortality rate. Absolutely 100% of us die. That has not changed.

Cancer and heart disease are the current cause of most deaths. Perhaps this is due to our longevity. More people than ever are reaching the age of 100. As a result our bodies get old enough to break down. But the writer does not discuss the age factor and is more focused on "health disparities" and "inequalities" in health status -- terms used to push universal health care. The author also writes: "An obesity epidemic, feared in 1912, has come to pass." I'd like to see if the 1912 NEJM actually called it an "epidemic," the term being used today to engender a national crisis over weight gain. For example, a new study infers that  obese people are eating up the Earth's resources.

83% of Doctors May Quit

The Doctor Patient Medical Association, to which CCHF's president is an advisor, has released the results of a national survey of physicians. Although 130 of the 699 doctors responding did not include the name of their state, the remaining 569 doctors came from 45 states. The  full survey results can be found here, but three of the most interesting statistics beyond this article's title are the following: 95% say the private practice of medicine is LOSING out to corporate medicine, 61% say the medical system CHALLENGES their ethics and 49% say they will STOP accepting Medicaid patients. The 77 million baby boomers are just beginning to hit the age of Medicare, when more physician services may be needed, and the ACA would  add 16 - 20 million people to the Medicaid rolls. What happens if doctors just say no...and find another job?

No Time to Think?

How did the German people, so cultured and educated, find themselves drawn into the Third Reich and its evil deeds? That's a good question, and now is the time for all Americans to consider the answer. As reported by AAPS News, a philologist, Milton Mayer explored this question ten years after WWII in his book,  They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933 - 1945. Mayer wrote, "One had no time to think. There was so much going on...The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for those who did not want to think anyway."

"The one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes," writes 
Donald McAlvaney in his summary of Mayer's book in MIA (Jan 2012)
. "In between come all the hundreds of little steps..., each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at Step C."  When you finally see that everything has changed, writes Mayer, 
"you are compromised beyond repair." Thus, what should Americans be seeing and standing up against today that we're all just letting happen because we've got "no time to think"?  How about physician "scorecards" and "quality" measurements?


Stats of the Week:

EHR Survey - Percent of physicians who believe:

69% - Electronic health records (EHRs) can improve care, down from 75% last year.
73% - EHRs are a distraction to the doctor-patient interaction. (Politico Pro, 6/15)
75% - Achieving "meaningful use" of EHRs is a burden (required by Recovery Act).
53% - The Affordable Care Act will be detrimental to patient care, up from 50% last year.
54% - The quality of care will decrease over the next five years.
26% - believe EHRs reduce costs. (Politico Pro, 6/15)

Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Advancing Obamacare Regardless of Ruling

Just weeks before the Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration began rapidly handing out Obamacare dollars. At the end of May, they handed out $181 million dollars for the establishment of government health exchanges, for a total of $1 billion dollars given to states to install this government takeover center. On June 19th they handed out $30 million dollars for research intended to advance health care rationing. On June 20th they awarded $128.6 million dollars to Community Health Centers. I believe they hope to use the cash to implement Obamacare regardless of the ruling.  Continue reading

Twila Brase broadcasts a daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which brings health care issues to light for the American public. Health Freedom Minute airs on the entire American Family Radio Network, with more than 150 stations nationwide in addition to Bott Radio Network with over 80 stations nationwide.

Click here to listen to this week's features.

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