health care reform

Code Blue: Health Care In Crisis by Edward R. Annis, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

Americans enjoy the best medical care in the history of the world, but our system is being destroyed by government regulation, by the socialist principles embodied in the Medicare and Medicaid systems, and by the liberal social policies our society has followed over the last half century: that is the theme of Code Blue: Health Care In Crisis, by Dr. Edward R. Annis, past president of both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the World Medical Association, and one of America’s most distinguished physicians.

Health Care Reform: The Solution Is Obvious

Author: 
John H. Boyles, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

In the past 20 years, the economics of our health care delivery system has evolved from overutilization to underutilization. In the 1970s, providers (physicians and hospitals) were rewarded for providing too much medical care. Because of unrestricted first dollar coverage of that era’s health insurance plans both patient and provider were encouraged to overutilize procedures, tests, and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Leviathan Will See You Now By William Norman Grigg

Journal/Website: 
Pro Libertate
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, March 22, 2010
Source: 
http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2010/03/dr-leviathan-will-see-you-now.html

Rejoice and be glad, Americans!

Owing entirely to the visionary compassion of the Dear Leader and his party, the same regime that has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans, that poured trillions of dollars into the coffers of Wall Street kleptocrats, that brought its unique healing touch to victims of the post-Katrina disaster in New Orleans, and that routinely commits similar acts of divine charity, will now relieve you of the burden of making your own health care decisions.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by Jane H. Ingraham

Journal/Website: 
The New American
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Monday, October 3, 1994

A Physician's Diagnosis

Here is an unusual book; half is a history of Western civilization and half a powerful exhortation against government control of the delivery of health care. Far from being disconnected, these two subjects are thoughtfully woven together by Dr. Miguel Faria, eminent neurosurgeon at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by David A. Hyman, MD, JD

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The New England Journal of Medicine, February 23, 1995 - Vol. 332, No. 8, pp. 542-543
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 1995
Source: 
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199502233320818

How is one to describe a book in which chapter I begins with the words "In the beginning" and that then proceeds to discuss, in 32 chapters, the history of humanity and the development of medicine and medical ethics - up to, and including, the ill-fated Clinton health plan? The book has been written by a practicing neurosurgeon with wide-ranging interests. Its sweep through history is demonstrated by the 30 photographic plates of such mythological and historical figures as Osiris, Hippocrates, and Vesalius.

Book Review of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform. Reviewed by Jane M. Orient, MD

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Journal of the American Medical Association, March 15, 1995 - Vol. 273, No. 11, pp. 892-893
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 15, 1995
Source: 
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=387513

According to an old Cuban proverb, "Camarón que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente" (shrimp that sleep are swept away by the current). Some physicians may find Dr. Faria's wake-up call as welcome as a blast of Arctic wind. In his view, the current policy of most medical organizations --- "nonconfrontation and cooperation" --- could make them, in effect, accomplices of the barbarians.

Book Review of Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine. Reviewed by Conrad F. Meier

Journal/Website: 
The Freeman — Ideas on Liberty
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 1998
Source: 
http://www.thefreemanonline.org/book-reviews/book-review-medical-warrior-by-miguel-a-faria-jr-md/

Warning! If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before reading Medical Warrior. Dr. Miguel Faria writes with such fervor and conviction about the looming dangers of a health-care system dominated by big government, big business, and big labor that people with medical problems may wish to read something far less provocative.

Reclaiming American Medicine

Author: 
Nino M. Camardese, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
January/February 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
1

To all concerned Americans,

Physicians Hear This: Say Goodbye to Third-Party Payment or Die

Author: 
James P. Weaver, MD
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
January/February 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
1

I do not believe there is a physician today who is optimistic about the apparent future of medical practice. Anyone who is in practice is witnessing the gradual erosion of the physician’s freedom to deliver ethical medicine based on the Hippocratic tradition.

KiddieCare

Author: 
P. Gardner Goldsmith
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
January/February 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
1

A popular New Hampshire radio host recently mentioned a historical fact about which I was unaware. During the Vietnam War, he said, the Viet Cong forces occasionally employed a most deplorable tactic. When moving troops or supplies, they would line women and children around the convoys. If the South Vietnamese and American forces wanted to inflict any damage on the convoys, they first had to shoot through the buffer of innocent humanity in their way. They would be killing women and children.

Heal the World

Author: 
P. Gardner Goldsmith
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
March/April 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
2

When President and Mrs. Clinton were forced to hang their heads in ignominious defeat after their attempt to federalize the U.S. health care industry was foiled, many believed they had seen the last of such backwards socialist planning. We thought “ClintonCare” was over and done with, a bad memory of a bad idea. Well, it is far from over. The ideological origins of “ClintonCare” have been long standing.

A Brief History of the Origin of Government: A Mandate for its Limitation, not Reform

Author: 
Vernon L. Goltry, MD
Article Type: 
President's Page
Issue: 
March/April 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
2

Government by man is by virtue of its source of conception inherently evil. What an outrageous statement! And yet, is it really outrageous? Using the Judeo-Christian scriptures as history a remarkable picture emerges which is confirmed throughout history to our present day.

“Stealth Health” Care Reform Looks Like Clinton-Care

Author: 
Conrad F. Meier
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
May/June 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
3

Not so long ago Americans spoke up and rejected a government takeover of our health care system. Today many federal and state legislators, regardless of their political stripes, are passing feel-good legislation in an effort to demonstrate politically correct compassion.

A Republican Congress and Democratic White House are inching toward many of the massive objectives put forth by the Clinton Health Care Task Force. This time there is no formal plan and very little media coverage, but there is a step-by-step agenda.

RE: Physicians Hear This: Say Goodbye to Third-Party Payers or Die with Author’s Response

Author: 
Bert A. Loftman, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
May/June 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
3

Dear Editor,

Preparing Us To Die?

Author: 
William M. McClatchey
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
May/June 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
3

Dear Managing Editor,

We are pleased to enclose an executive summary of the report The Quest to Die with Dignity, An Analysis of Americans’ Values, Opinions and Attitudes Concerning End-of-Life Care, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Georgia Health Decisions conducted this research effort on behalf of American Health Decisions, and Beverly Tyler, our Executive Director, is the primary author of the report.

Incremental Health Care Reform: Can We Afford Consumer Protection by Government Decree?

Author: 
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
May/June 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
3

Despite a new government study showing that the rising cost of premiums is the main reason a growing number of people don’t have health insurance, more than 200 members of Congress have cosponsored legislation that would make health insurance even more expensive.

Georgia on My Mind

Author: 
Thomas E. Price, MD
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

With the introduction of ClintonCare in 1993, my political nerve was laid bare. What was it that would allow one to secretly plan and enthusiastically propose a complete overhaul of our beloved profession? Only one answer was possible — arrogance, pure and simple. I was so enraged that I worked with our state medical society and literally traveled the state spreading the word of individual responsibility, appropriate competition in medicine, and the evils of flawed logic.

Medical Warrior --- Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., MD, FCCP
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Fall 1997
Volume Number: 
2
Issue Number: 
4

Because of the recent decline in our health care system, today's physicians practice in a "medical gulag" and suffer from a "siege mentality." The reasons for this, as learned from examples in both ancient and recent history, are the topics for this unique collection of essays which are divided into five sections: "lessons from history"; "medical ecology"; "towards collectivism in medicine"; "the role of public health"; and "managed care, corporate socialized medicine and medical ethics." The author, Miguel A.

Missouri State Legislator Impedes Health Reform

Author: 
Conrad F. Meier
Article Type: 
Report from the States
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

No one can question Missouri state representative Tim Harlan's (D-Columbia) desire to reform health care. The question is how?

Sapira's Art & Science of Bedside Diagnosis by Jane M. Orient, MD (ed.)

Author: 
Reviewed by W. Daniel Jordan, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
May/June 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
3

There are clearly volumes of material being written about the medical industry. Editorials in the national print media describe the hazards of hospitalization, the importance of providing multiple benefits for the sick and infirm, the amazing innovations of technology, and occasionally some rather lurid examples of outrageous behavior (the most recent example being the surgeon who carved his own initials on the patient's abdomen when he completed the C-section).

The Politics of Compromise: The Republican Prescription for Health Care

Author: 
Richard G. Parker, MD
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

It is often assumed that Democrats seek more government while Republicans desire less. The recent history of "health care reform" demonstrates why this assumption is incorrect.

The Republican's politics of compromise in health care, of sacrificing the principle of individual liberty to any mob that claims to have a "need," necessarily leads to the same destructive end as the leftist politics of the Democrats.

Medicaid and Health Care Reform (Part II)

Author: 
Kyle McCammon, DO
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

Part I of this article discussed Medicaid eligibility requirements and regulations and chronicled the extensive growth in Medicaid caseloads and spending. Part I also reviewed how Medicaid is funded and how states have utilized funding schemes to increase the amount that is funded by the federal government.

Faria: Getting US in Line for ObamaCare and Medical Rationing!

Journal/Website: 
Hacienda Publishing and GOPUSA
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Thursday, March 18, 2010

The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.