TUCSON, Ariz., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As originally drafted, the American Declaration of Independence recognized that each individual was endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of property. Because some people at the time construed property to include slaves, Benjamin Franklin changed "property" to "happiness," explains Dr. Melinda Woofter, who is currently president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Property is nevertheless a fundamental right, she adds, and therefore people cannot rightly "be limited on what they should earn, or have the fruits of their labor stolen and redistributed at the whim of government."
Today, however, she writes that "much of the American medical system has become one giant wealth confiscation and redistribution fiasco." This includes Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Franklin would call it "indentured servitude." Worse, she writes, this servitude "shackles generations to come with crushing debts that can never be repaid."
The incremental usurpation of American medicine by collectivists has turned physicians and patients into "providers" and "consumers," all wedded to the collectivist state. The expansion of government control in medicine helps to advance the Leninist goal of state control of everything, Woofter states.
Enforcing a tyranny requires massive amounts of information. Interoperable electronic health records and elaborate coding systems like ICD-10 are needed to enable that agenda, she notes.
The government uses medical licensure as a means of control, she explains, and this is being augmented by programs such as Maintenance of Certification®, a lifelong treadmill of expensive testing, and "alternative payment methods," which require constant collection of "quality" and performance data. This ensures that not only prices but utilization and type of treatment are directed and overseen.
It is not just the wealth and livelihood of Americans that the collectivists want to control, Woofter warns, but also their very thoughts.
The antidote to Lenin is Franklin, she concludes.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943.
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