I had to post this, because it’s a beautiful piece by the remarkable Dr. Keith Smith regarding the remarkable Dr. Jane Orient. It’s like Reagan praising Thatcher, or Grant Achatz praising Alice Waters, or Tony Stark and Wonder Woman…it’s one innovative warrior seeing even more of the same in another. This is big time pot calling the kettle black and it’s wonderful. If you don’t know either Keith Smith or Jane Orient, then let some excerpts pique your interest.
Dr. Orient has no fear. None. She single-handedly defeated the Clinton Health Care plan, taking on Hillary and Ira Magaziner and the whole host of statists in the 90’s, crushing them. The AMA, true to form, had by now endorsed every federal intrusion into health care, including Clintoncare, and Jane took them on, too, exposing (along with Dr. Melissa Clements of Oklahoma City) the code book monopoly (ICD-9) bestowed upon the AMA as the bribe to support all future health care grabs by the feds, including Obamacare. The AMA, now completely compromised, derives the vast majority of its revenue from the federal government. I personally do not know a physician who belongs to this organization. Dr. Orient is primarily responsible for the mass exodus of physicians from the AMA and is to be congratulated for this gift to us all.
Dr. Orient is passionate and intense, too much so for some. Her steel gaze looks straight through you even if she likes you. You had better be on top of your game when you are in a conversation with Jane! You can’t help but find yourself even more passionate about your own mission when visiting with Jane about it. Her energy is infectious as anyone who has been around her can attest.
Dr. Orient is bold. Part of this comes from her lack of fear, part from her uncompromising principles and part from her constantly asking, “why not?” Any physician who has opted out of Medicare or who sleeps better at night knowing that this is an option at some point, owes their escape to Dr. Orient. She took on Medicare and all of Washington, D.C. and pulled this off. She accepts no federal funds and is the primary reason that I do not, this principle, perhaps the greatest gift she has given me.
Do yourself a big favor and read the full post here.. There’s a lot going sideways in medicine right now, but Drs. Smith and Orient are what’s going right. They’re two incredibly rebellious doctors that are changing American medicine in the right way. I’m very proud to be fighting alongside them both.