Doctors Discuss Decoupling from ObamaCare at Denver Meeting

Sep 18, 2013, 09:51 ET from Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While both Democrats and Republicans warn of an impending ObamaCare train wreck, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) will discuss how both doctors and patients can decouple from the train at its 70th annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver, September 25-28.

Featured speakers include current president, Juliette Madrigal-Dersch, M.D., of Austin, Texas, whose third-party-free practice of internal medicine and pediatrics was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.

Two family physicians from Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Josh Umbehr and Dr. Doug Nunamaker of Atlas MD, and Dr. David Richardson, an ophthalmologist from Los Angeles, Calif., will also discuss their third-party-free practices. Another specialist's perspective will be given by Dr. Francis Thandroyen, a cardiovascular physician who trained in South Africa and now practices in Greenville, S.C.

James Lansberry of Samaritan Ministries International will explain a non-insurance option for patients to meet their medical needs.

The role of the "Three C's"—cash, catastrophic insurance, and charity—will be explained by Dr. Lee Hieb, a spine surgeon from Iowa and an AAPS past president.

What Islam teaches about medicine, science, law, and government is the subject of a luncheon talk by Usama Dakdok, who was born in Egypt.

Ethical issues include Down's syndrome and abortion (Dr. Paddy Jim Baggot of Los Angeles), EPA's use of human subjects in air pollution research (Steve Milloy), end-of-life issues (Tracey Leenman, patient advocate), the anti-humanist ethic (Robert Zubrin), and medicine's noble ethic (Dr. Thomas Kendall of Greenville, S.C., incoming AAPS president).

Healthcare reform issues include Vermont's single-payer law (Darcie Johnston), medical information and bureaucracy (economist Timothy Terrell), "pay for performance" (economist Linda Gorman), and medical privacy (Twila Brase).

Free press passes are available, and many speakers are available for interviews: write Physicians may register at

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to protect private medicine and the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.

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