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Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Michigan has an incredibly vibrant medical community with nearly 40,000 physicians and five medical schools. Michigan doctors are resourceful innovators drawing on a long heritage of education, compassionate care and philanthropy. Unfortunately, at the federal level with PPACA and state level with establishment of insurance exchanges, lawmakers have not involved practicing physicians in their lawmaking and our professional organizations can no longer be entrusted to represent physicians. Docs4PatientCare is the only true physicians’ organization actively engaging lawmakers with plans for real reform that will protect the excellence of American medicine and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. Creating a Michigan D4PC chapter allows Michigan physicians to organize, educate and engage politically to oppose the disastrous PPACA and provide lawmakers with a prescription for true reform once the PPACA is repealed.
The Michigan Chapter of Docs4PatientCare – Dr. Meg Edison the Vice-President of our chapter initiated the information parties nationally on the second anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We had several parties throughout our state with moderate attendance, but with the notification of the parties we broadened the recognition of our organization. Dr. Edison also led the team that testified in front of our state legislature and was instrumental in blocking Michigan from forming an Obama Care exchange for the foreseeable future. Rob Steele a member of our chapter is running for state wide office as a Regent of the University of Michigan and in doing so is speaking throughout the state. We are fortunate to have Dr. Richard Armstrong the Chief Operating Officer of Docs4PatientCare as a member of our state organization who has published many articles and provided many presentations. U.S. Congressman Daniel Benishek is a member of our chapter from the Upper Peninsula.
Listed below is just a sample of the recent activity of some of our state members
Kenneth A. Fisher – President Michigan Chapter Docs4PatientCare
Recent local television presentation
Recent Published articles
Presentations at Political Gatherings
MiCPAC, March 24, 2012 Holt Michigan (with Dr. Rob Steele)
Scheduled June 12, ReTakeOurGov. Brighton MI
July 5, Kalamazoo Republican Club, Kalamazoo MI
Matt McCord, M.D. – Secretary Michigan Chapter Docs4PatientCare
We were part of a 2 part article in the Free Press in March...front page Sunday and Monday (these are no longer free):
Calvin Dykstra – Member Michigan Chapter Docs4PatientCare
American Society of Clinical Oncology. The URL is: www.ascopost.com. Go to “current issue” and scroll down to the fifth article to find my letter to the editor.
From Paul Ehrmann – Member Michigan Chapter Docs4PatientCare
Rob Steele – Candidate for University of Michigan Regent
May 23, Republican Women of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo MI
Aug. 2, Western Thumb Tea Party, Vassar Michigan
Discussion about the Supreme Court Ruling on PPACA
From Ken Fisher:
The debate about the constitutionality of the PPACA although interesting, missed the point. Do we as a nation want a centralized, bureaucratic approach to health care or do we want patients and physicians working together to meet each patients individual needs? Yes the government has a responsibility to provide funding for the truly needy, but that does not require the take over of medicine. HSAs and HDHP with cost transparency puts patients and their physicians in charge of each person's care. I believe we should frame the debate around these core values...
This is the URL for an essay that we (I along with Lee Gross) published in the Washington Times,
which provides a more specific road map for discussion regarding hoe to fund health care in the future.
From Meg Edison:
This has been a long day for us, particularly those who have been fielding media calls, webcasts, conference calls, emails, tweets and FB posts while facing a full slate of patients. I'm sure I'm missing some things, but Rob Steele was on the Heritage Foundation webcast (about the 17min mark), interviewed by the Mackinac Center and Toledo Blade, Matt McCord spoke with The Detroit Free Press, Dick Armstrong was interviewed by Bloomberg & Dennis Prager, Dave Janda was on wxyz TV. Nationally, D4PC docs have been nearly omnipresent in the media. Tomorrow will be just as busy a day of interviews and analysis. As expected, the first response today has been from the politicos/lawyers, the media will come to us in the following days for our personal accounts.
The dust is still settling and a few things are clear.
1.) Repealing ObamaCare will be a political act. Chief Justice Roberts has made us fully responsible for the representatives we elect. Act accordingly and get involved. We absolutely need a new Senator & President. Sign up, walk in parades, get bumperstickers, donate, anything.
2.) The AMA is celebrating the SCOTUS ruling, essentially doubling down on their betrayal of doctors and patients. Their initial support of PPACA wasn't a fluke, or a moment of weakness. Upholding PPACA at all costs is part of their platform, DNA and mission now. Their statement supporting PPACA is an embarrassment to evidence-based medicine and economics, actually proclaiming PPACA will provide patients with quicker access to care. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/2012-06-28-supreme-court-health-care-reform-decision.page
3.) Michigan House Republicans are doing the right thing. Rep. Gail Haines, chair of the Health Policy Committee has said there will be no vote on ObamaCare Exchanges until after the election. This is an incredible blessing on an otherwise upsetting day.
So, now what?
First off: don't know how many times we need to say this: Please Join Docs4PatientCare. Not just the emails. Cough up the cash already. Both feet. 100 docs can make noise. 10,000 can make history. In addition to priceless liberty and autonomy, you stand to lose FAR more than $250 if this law is upheld, and D4PC isn't fighting for you. All of the docs in D4PC are volunteers. We're not pocketing your cash. Your membership swells our ranks, increases our clout, and pays for the 2 tireless national support staff we hire, a website, some media help...and of course, as doctors we're smart enough to hire...a lawyer ( Super-hero Cleta Mitchell to be precise). That's it. The AMA soaks you for $420, so D4PC is a bargain. You retired docs can join for $100. (Although, as a young doc having to clean up this mess left to my generation of physicians, I strongly suggest you pay the full $250 as penance) Seriously, what year were you waiting to join? 2013? Join Now.
Secondly: get educated and prepared to fight for your patients and your profession. Follow D4PC on FB/Twitter where we will be posting the latest articles, read our favorite book of the moment John Goodman's Priceless. Be prepared to be on a town hall panel with your stories of health care. Make no mistake, we will be calling and pulling you out of your comfort zone :)
Thirdly: Come to DC for our National Meeting September 8-11, even if you can only come for a portion. I promise you will leave energized. This was already slated to be phenomenal, and after today's ruling, will be even more so. The line-up so far includes: Hugh Hewett, Rand Paul, Tom Price, the Doctor's Caucus, Cleta Mitchell, Grace Marie Turner, Sally Pipes, Mitt Romney. We spend a day at Heritage Foundation and end on a day visiting our local Congressmen/women in our white coats. I want to hit as many Michigan offices as we can, we'll see if Stabenow will see us. The day on the Hill is going to be historic. Not to be missed. Agenda Sign Up Flights are super-cheap right now. Roundtrip from GR or Detroit into BWI is $175 if you're willing to do mass transit to get to Alexandria, Roundtrip into Reagan is $200 for GR and $300 for Detroit.
In conclusion, I'll leave you with Thomas Paine. For the non-Hillsdale Grads out there, this was read to George Washington's Army on Christmas 1776 before the Battle of Trenton. All was lost. 6 months after the Declaration of Independence, and the patriots had done nothing but fail, desert and retreat. The next day, their spirits recharged, the impossible happened: the patriots rallied, won the battle and changed the course of American history.
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated. –Thomas Paine
Kenneth A. Fisher, M.D.
Docs4PatientCare, MI Chapter President