TUCSON, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Donald Trump is seeking candidates for top spots in his Administration. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has the following suggestions concerning who should NOT be considered:
"To build a hotel, President-elect Trump would not hire an architect or a construction firm that designed or built roofs that leak, foundations that crack, or drains that often back up," states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. "Nor would he hire a consulting firm whose executives pass through a revolving door to incompetent or corrupt companies that earn millions from projects that never get completed."
"American medicine has been plagued with cost overruns and quality problems since 1965," she pointed out. "Nixon's failed solution was managed care."
"The Clinton Administration was going to bring health security to all through 'managed competition,' and devotees of the same concepts of central planning and management designed ObamaCare," she added.
In its lawsuit challenging the illegal nontransparent (secret) operations of the Clinton Health Care Task Force, AAPS obtained a list of individuals, foundations, and corporations who were designing that plan. They included nonprofit foundations, most prominently the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; hospital chains; managed care companies, most prominently UnitedHealth Group; academic centers; and information technology vendors.
The infrastructure for the Affordable Care Act comes from the same sources, many coordinated through John Podesta's Center for American Progress, as documented in the winter 2015 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Key officials of the Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) come from this network; the current head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Andy Slavitt, is a former executive of an affiliate of UnitedHealth Group.
"A key feature of the infrastructure is a vast collection of data from the electronic health record (EHR)," Dr. Orient states. "While insurers may be losing money on their health plans, they are making big profits from data mining and selling information to score Americans for many purposes."
The EHR is "the Potemkin village of medicine," according to the March 2016 issue of AAPS News. It provides an illusion of quality as medical care is being taken over in mega-mergers.
"Trump must not be deceived by the platitudes of the managed-care monolith that has been making the same empty promises since 1970," Dr. Orient said. "The Hercules he needs to clean out the Augean stable of HHS will not come from among its architects."
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in virtually all specialties and every state. Founded in 1943, AAPS has the motto "omnia pro aegroto," which means "all for the patient."
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