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Doctors Support Virginia Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare

April 6, 2011 by  

Doctors Support Virginia Lawsuit Challenging ObamacareThe Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has joined the fight against Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

On April 4, the AAPS filed an amicus brief in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia's case against the Affordable Care Act, asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare the individual health insurance mandate unConstitutional. In addition, the claim states that the mandate is not severable from the rest of the ACA.

Officials from the AAPS argue that the individual mandate in Obamacare violates the Commerce Clause, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which limits Congressional power to regulate commerce in States.

"ACA is the most divisive, harmful, and unConstitutional legislation enacted by Congress in a generation," said AAPS counsel Andrew Schlafly.

Furthermore, some health experts predict that Obamacare will create a shortage of qualified medical professionals in America. James McLean, president of Hospital TeamCare West, said that many physicians are experiencing cutbacks in pay, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the law's future impact on doctors, facilities and patients.

As a result, McLean said that many physicians are considering an early retirement, which could lead to a severe lack of medical services for sick Americans who need thorough care. 

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  • Kinetic1

    loribeard,
    How much does your “policy” pay you to act as a shill?

    • Vigilant

      Gratuitous comment.

  • Kinetic1

    Ahh yes, the AAPS. A group founded by, among others members of the John Birch Society. A group that, “On Oct 25 2008 … published an editorial implying that Barack Obama was using Neuro-linguistic Programming, “a covert form of hypnosis”, in his presidential campaign.” A group that doesn’t even believe in private insurance. Is it any surprise that a group that opposes Social Security, Medicare ad Medicaid would come out against the Affordable Care Act? I wonder if their opinion will carry anymore weight with the courts then they do with the medical community?

    • Mick

      Kinetic1

      Are you suggesting the affordable act will be affordable ?
      Is it similar to the European medical pratices ?
      please do explain………

    • ValDM

      The Affordable Care Act is named inapproppriately. It’s the “we’ve got you by the short hairs and we’ll rape you for all you own” Act. I’m fully expecting to receive NO care once this is implemented. But you can bet your last dime that welfare parasites will get the best of any care that’s available.

      • barbm

        all adults on medicaid should have to pay a monthly premium, an annual deductible, and 20% of all doctor, hospital, and medical procedures just like we do on medicare. i can’t afford that 20%, so i make darn sure i really need to go to the doctor before calling for the appt. it would stop them from using the emergency rooms and ambulance services for non-life threatening issues too.

        • Dave from Ohio

          Barbm,

          You are 100% correct and should replace Obama, since you seem to have a much higher level of intelligence and common sense.

          • barbm

            i accept. i could have it all taken care of in less than a year. :)

    • Vigilant

      Kinetic,

      You need to stop relying on Wikipedia for its very biased presentation of the AAPS. Wikipedia can hardly be thought of as an objective source when it says, “though it describes itself as “non-partisan”, AAPS is generally recognized as politically conservative. According to Mother Jones, “despite the lab coats and the official-sounding name, the docs of the AAPS are hardly part of mainstream medical society. Think Glenn Beck with an MD.”

      And get your facts straight: they don’t oppose Social Security, they have “characterized the effects of the Social Security Act of 1965, which established Medicare and Medicaid, as “evil” and “immoral.”

      You might rather look at the AMA and its support for Obamacare, and its reasons for doing so. See http://gladerebooted.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2857&view=next

      “In the weeks since passage of this 2,700 page bill, more and more of its policy land-mines have exploded, including rising insurance premiums and admissions of inevitable rationing. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of physicians have expressed alarm over the impact that the legislation will have on their patients. This growing opposition makes the actions of the AMA, which represents only 17% of the doctors in the U.S., look very bad.

      It is essential to understand the primary reason the AMA stands alongside President Obama on health-care reform. The organization wants to protect a monopoly that the federal government has created for it—a medical coding system administered by the AMA that every health-care professional and hospital must use if they wish to get paid for the services they provide. This monopoly generates income of $70 million to $100 million annually for the AMA. That makes the AMA less an association looking out for doctors and more a special-interest group beholden to Congress and the White House.

      This isn’t the first time the AMA has acted in its own selfish interests and not the interests of the medical profession. The last time it had a chance to take a public stand against government intrusion into health care was the HillaryCare fight. The AMA disappeared during this debate, leaving others to fight for doctors and patients.

      Yet doctors who oppose ObamaCare have not relented. Passage of this bill has stirred in them long dormant political emotions. Doctors across the country are educating their patients about how ObamaCare will limit their freedom to make their own health-care decisions. There are 925,000 doctors in America and the average doctor has at least 2,000 patients, with many of us already asking our patients if we can take two minutes to discuss this bill with them. This terrifies Congress and the White House.”

      • Ellen

        I agree that this isn’t the first time the AMA has acted in their own self-interest. They have done it many times when a medical cure has been discovered, yet they want to continue with their standard treatment. It’s in their best interest if we are not cured, so they make sure research is squashed or discredited. So much for that pesky little oath they took when they became doctors.

    • Vigilant

      Kinetic,

      Instead of denigrating AAPS, you might like to read the following, from http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/site/article/why_aaps_message_from_aaps_president_lee_hieb/

      “AAPS was founded in 1943 to guard against the intrusion of government into the practice of medicine. It is the basic principle of our organization that medicine is a sacred relationship between a physician and a patient—not a relationship between a physician, a government bureaucrat and a patient. We believe in the Hippocratic Oath, and that our duty is to the individual, not the collective, society, or the state.

      “I used to belong to a number of medical societies. One day I realized that the prime goal of my specialty society was to maintain my specialty’s government reimbursements. And, they do this by using my dues to send a representative to fight against the representatives of other specialty societies whose members have funded them through their dues! That is ultimately an absurd use of my hard earned income. So I only belong to AAPS which, for over 60 years, has stood on the principles I believe in—individual liberty, personal responsibility and the type of limited government that consistutionally has no authority to involve itself in the practice of medicine.

      “When you join AAPS your dues go directly into the fight for freedom and ethics in medicine. Our board members pay their own way to meetings. We have a small staff, our members volunteer their time, and we do not engage with the government in selling products to make our overhead.

      “Over the years, we have taken on the Clinton Health plan, which we halted by demanding open meetings. We successfully halted the abuses by the Texas Medical Board, we have stood beside doctors who have been attacked by sham peer review or Medicare auditors, and we are the only medical organization to sue the government over the current health care bill.

      “As my son now enters into training for the next generation of physicians, I can think of nothing more I can do for him and his peers than to belong to AAPS and to fight to restore and preserve the private practice of medicine. Come join us.”

      Lee D. Hieb, MD
      Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery
      Lake City, Iowa
      President, AAPS 2010-2011

    • TIME

      Kin,

      Fisrt off the JBS didn’t invent “Rhythmic speaking,” and such does exist just as Rhythmic formating on all records as well as TV adds, etc.
      And yes it creates a “Hypnotic effect,” thus why TV shows movies and even every major recording artist uses such.

      By the way this format garners hundreds of Billions of dollars per year in revenue. As its based on repeating simple phrases that conjure simple base emotions, rather than finding their way to the deep brain tissue that controls logic and reason.

      Any profiler will be able to tell you that Barry uses these methods when he speaks.

      As well as saying nothing when he speaks oddly that gets massive approval for the mindless sheep that follow due to the lacking message and yet pleasant mid to low tone range that only hits the simple base brain process, in plain words for the simple minded.
      {This is not my opinion it the facts as they stand.}

      As well the HCRB, has nothing to do with heath Care at all.
      But perhaps you can point out where in the 2000 plus page bill there is anything about {real Heath care cost reform,} As it stands as of today no one can.

      As well to think that persons paying for a service who will now have to cover persons who don’t pay for a service. So please do explain how that will lower cost?
      Its simple math, 1 + 3 = 4, thats far more than ONE, thus if one person is paying for themselfs it cost far less than one person paying for three others.

      But perhaps you missed that class in basic math as it seems so to did most of Congress as well the Senate.
      So in fact it looks more like a POWER GRAB, over the simple minded sheep.
      Kind of reeks of the same crap you complain about of that 5% of the Wealthy, BTW oddly they will gain far more wealth by the passage of the HCRB.
      But hey why let the TRUTH stand in the way of simple minded TOOLS.

  • JC

    Affordable Healthcare…Free Trade Agreement…
    Now there’s a pair of oxymorons if there were some.

    Obamacare is unConstitutional on its face.
    No one should be “forced” to pay an extra tax at gunpoint to pay for others who will not take responsibility for themselves.

    It’s criminal, period.

  • Jill

    There are too many “anti – business and anti – american’ policies that we need to reconstruct. Damn all you who voted for Obama

  • http://Google.com Gary Gerke

    Let’s face it America, the doctors are against personally losing money, not this healthcare bill itself. They could care less about what is best for medicine in the USA today. Don’t get me wrong, I am venomously against this communist legislation that was jammed down the American peoples throats without so much as an excuse me!

    The Obama, Reid and Pelosi socialist mandate must be shot down in flames, the triple threat to our Republic’s ideals must be silenced forever, if not, we have sold our souls and the souls of our grandchildren and their grandchildren along with all of the future generations to come.Remember this…if you reach into a bucket and it feels like it, smells and looks like, it probably is!!!!!

  • chuckb

    Obama launched his original plan to distract America and overwhelm the system with Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, extending unemployment benefits, card check, banning offshore oil drilling, suing Arizona for enforcing federal laws against illegal immigration, onerous new environmental and banking regulations, and even an attempt to make Puerto Rico the 51st state. We couldn’t keep up with all the socialist bills and proposals. That was precisely the point — create a crisis, overwhelm the system, and make our heads spin with multiple distractions.

    Specifically:

    A) Make Americans desperate and even more dependent on big government begging for jobs, welfare, unemployment, food stamps and free medical care. As one of Obama’s supporters so aptly put it, “Give me some of that Obama money.” The plan is working.

    B) Help his political cronies by redistributing wealth and giving more power to unions, lawyers, lobbyists, environmentalists, and big businesses (at least those that contribute to him). The plan is working.

    C) Starve the political opposition — Raise taxes on upper and middle class Americans and create more regulatory hurdles on small business so they have no money left to oppose him. The plan is working.

    Why would Obama launch this all-out assault on capitalism, you ask? The answer is simple. He’s an ideologue who hates America and believes the capitalistic system is destructive and exploitive (as do most of my Columbia classmates). Like Mao and Lenin, Obama sees himself as the “people’s savior.”

    Fortunately, the American people woke up to what is happening and in the biggest landslide in modern political history voted to stop this progressive/socialist/Marxist strategy. So Obama has decided to re-shuffle the cards. Time for Plan B.

    Obama’s new plan is brilliant. Act like you’ve learned a lesson. Compromise. Move to the center. Talk like a moderate conservative. Support tax cuts. Become a friend to business. Act supportive of repealing parts of your own Obamacare plan. Make nice to the Chamber of Commerce. Appoint business leaders to your management team. Talk about tort reform. Talk about the dangers of debt. Become “the jobs” President. Allow Bill O’Reilly to interview you and claim your new goal is to get spending under control. Spend your entire State of the Union praising America. You are now a patriot bleeding red, white and blue.

    Why would he commit this act of fraud and deception? One over-riding goal: Get re-elected in 2012. This is a strategy right from the pages of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicalsplaybook. Alinsky was a Marxist who believed the ends justified any means. That includes deception and fraud. Obama is following it to the letter and he’s good at it.

    Why is getting re-elected so important? Because then Obama has nothing standing in his way of completing the job he set out to do — DESTROY AMERICA. Once re-elected Obama is no longer responsible to the voters, and has four long years to do so much damage to America, that it may never recover. The community organizer is free to destroy the system with an unprecedented barrage of socialist and Marxist attacks, from within the White House — something even Alinsky never imagined.

    In his first term Obama crippled America, our economy, and capitalism. We are on the ropes, hanging by a thread. In his second term, he goes for the kill. He’ll put the finishing touches on his plan to overwhelm the country with deficit and debt; destroy small business and the upper middle class (his political opposition); redistribute wealth to his voters; give unions unprecedented powers; turn twelve million illegal aliens into future Democratic voters who will reliably vote for bigger government; and put a majority of Americans on the dole — either collecting money from government, or working directly for government.

    After getting re-elected, Obama will be free to be the real Obama — free to wreak havoc. He can be himself — the Marxist enemy of business, capitalism and patriotism. He will be free to base the economic system on “social justice” and affirmative action. He will be free to reward his friends and punish his enemies. He will be free to condemn Israel and buddy up to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Obama’s second term is what this is all about. The enemies of America have been waiting for this opportunity their entire lives. This is their version of the American Dream. A socialist in the White House with four years to destroy America from within, and no one to answer to. Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky would be proud of their student. And all he has to do is “be cool” for the next two years. Hold his fire. Smile. Kiss babies. Praise America. Befriend the rich. Become a cheerleader for business. And show just a little spending restraint…for two short years. The ends justify the means.

    Two more years of patience and the keys to the kingdom…and the economy…and the Fed…and the United States Military…and the nuclear arsenal…all belong to Obama.

    And the America that we know and love could be gone forever.

    Wayne Allyn Root, is the author of the new paperback, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold, and Tax Cuts.” He is a Las Vegas oddsmaker turned Vice Presidential nominee. Root is available to the media to provide pre and post election analysis, discussion and debate. His website is: ROOTforAmerica.com

    • Ellen

      Please re-post this when we get closer to the 2012 election. People need to be reminded. This is especially true for the naive people who believe everything he says and never stop to realize that his actions don’t follow his words. His first term has brought us enormous debt and instablilty; a second term would be disastrous.

      • Mike in MI

        Ellen, et al. -
        We all need to demand the legislators of every state pass a state law demanding every prospective candidate in primary elections for the office of President of the U.S. to present legal documentation (attested by signatures of an attending professional and a city, county, state or other acceptable official) proving the candidate to be a citizen of the U.S.A., as a natural birth in the jurisdictions of the United States or to U. S. citizens serving in official capacities on orders or appointment.
        Do it before 2012!

  • chuckb

    mike in mi, wonder why no u.s. representative demanded of barry soetoro to show his documented bc. mighty strange.

  • Erik Osbun

    Early retirement has already taken my doctor, who could not afford the 200K to digitize his medical records for the Obamacare bureaucracy.

  • http://naver samurai

    Good. You’re not entitled to anything you don’t earn. This program has been deemed unconstitutional and should be thrown out. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

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