Social scientists repeat failed experiments. Physical scientists learn from history. As a physical scientist, I look to history for instruction. Our Founding Fathers created the Constitution, a miracle that created the free-est people in world history. Such freedom unleashed ingenuity and sparked unbridled ambition such that humanity catapulted from saber to drone, horseback to cyberspace, and leeches to lasers.
Flashback Christmas night,1776: Washington’s demoralized, ill-equipped army stood freezing on the banks of the Delaware River wondering if the Revolution was lost, much less if they would survive. Washington acted boldly, leading his troops across the Delaware crying “victory or death” to defeat the Hessians, thus invigorating the Patriot cause, fueling the morale of the troops, and igniting a new enthusiasm in Congress. This was a turning point- from King’s rule over the people to Constitutional rule of, by, and for the people.
Flash-forward Christmas Eve, 2009: Obama’s politicized, ill-conceived health care bill languished on the Senate floor. Leadership acted corruptly, coercing partisan legislators to pass Obamacare, using bribes and back room deals, against the will of the people, thus usurping the Constitution, violating the trust of the people, and fundamentally transforming the United States of America. This was a turning point- from the rule of law and Constitution of a free people to the lawlessness and statism of political elites.
Sadly, instead of fixing the healthcare problems, Obamacare makes the problems worse. It does not make healthcare more affordable, quality, or accessible. Tens of millions remain uninsured, and healthcare costs for all have skyrocketed. Obamacare is destroying jobs, raising taxes, and spending us into oblivion. Healthcare should not be about politics; it is about patients. Politically expedient medicine, the likes of appointed bureaucrat, non-doctor Kathleen Sebilius granting a lung to a child, makes government God, and that is wrong.
Politically funded leftist groups like Doctors for America (which spawned from Doctors for Obama) are granted a big voice and prominent stage, but in truth, DFA’s membership is less than 2% of doctors. Even the AMA, which represents less than 20% of physicians, accepts nearly $100,000,000 annually from government deals. These groups do not represent us. They are complicit in the death of American medicine, our patients and our profession. The vast majority of doctors working in the trenches are opposed to the government takeover of medicine, but our voices are suppressed, ignored. Silence is surrender. If we do not act, we are to blame.
In truth, government cannot provide the promised medical care without doctors. Already physicians are being targeted and severely punished, including being sent to prison, by over-reaching, lawless government seeking to control us. Will you cower behind your computer, the one that CMS coerced you buy with $40K in cash to “meaningfully use” you as a weapon against your patients, transmitting their data, violating their privacy and dignity, and determining their fate wielding care decreed by collectivist bureaucrats instead of what you, your patient, and the family collectively determine is best?
Will you duck under your exam table hoping IRS auditors, CMS agents, and DOJ jailers don’t ram it down if you just lay low? Will you defer your medical expertise and judgment to edicts from IPAB, the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, USPSTF, ACO’s and the litany of other agencies of doom as you grovel for crumbs while contemplating your next career move? Will you sell out as our nation’s veterans die waiting for care denied by government workers who create secret lists to ration and deny care to those they feel are too old, too sick, and not worth the expense? Will you let insurance sell your services on the Federal exchange that selectively enforces or delays the healthcare law for certain groups and individual Americans, as you serve as a tool of overt discrimination with life and death consequences?
Or will you stand for something? Will you protect your exam rooms, operating rooms, and patients like you would your home and family? Without America’s doctors, the Affordable Care Act is a mandate to buy nothing and nothing more than a scam to usuriously tax, redistribute wealth, centralize power, and selectively govern-all based on a false promise but with the real power to withhold or grant medical care. And we are the tools.
We must act now. Will we act boldly and defeat Obamacare, or will we succumb to the intimidation and extortion sanctioned in the law and, as a result, facilitate tyranny? Will we act boldly and lead America to victory like Washington crossing the Delaware? Or will we sheepishly implement and comply with Obamacare at the bidding of conniving, colluding, oppressive government operatives?
We’ve got what they want, we’ve got what they need, and they can’t have it. Our intellectual and moral integrity, knowledge and skills, our hearts and our souls we shall retain. Let this be the turning point- from submissively conceding to boldly crossing Obamacare. Victory or Death!
Cross posted from KrisHeldMD.wordpress.com