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Happy Dependence Day

Richard Amerling By Sunday, 05 July 2015 09:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It was an overcast and rainy July 4 in New York City. The weather perfectly mirrored my mood, as I reflected on this special holiday, celebrated usually with barbecues, beers, and bonhomie.

For as a country, we are more dependent than ever on government, and as a result, we are much less free.

Independence and freedom are two sides of the same coin. Independence implies freedom to make decisions in all aspects of life, with minimal interference from outside forces. This is certainly what the Founding Fathers envisioned when they signed the Declaration of Independence, at great personal risk. And it is what they set out to assure for future generations when they drafted the U.S. Constitution.

This magnificent document is unique in human history, as it created a government of, by and for the people, with defined authority limited largely by the separation of powers between three distinct branches.

The central government, created by the states, now lords over them. The highest court of the land almost invariably sanctions the nearly continuous encroachments on state sovereignty.

Not wanting to be left out, the Supreme Court just took it upon itself to redefine marriage for all 50 states. The Obama administration has made over 50 unauthorized changes to the un-Affordable Care Act.

One of the more egregious of these was just upheld by the Roberts Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts literally rewriting the statute as he did back in 2010.

The executive and the judiciary are busy legislating, while the Republican controlled legislature sits on its hands, when it’s not wringing them, and does absolutely nothing to defend their constitutional territory.

The Republican congressional leadership has surrendered their power of the purse. Rather than impeaching Obama for his many flagrant assaults on the Constitution (not to mention his treasonous foreign policy) they are bending over backwards to accommodate him.

The Democrats have, throughout their history, sought to entrap greater numbers of Americans into a state of dependence on government. This began in earnest during the New Deal, got a huge push during LBJ’s Great Society, and is now being completed by the Obama presidency.

Their strategy is worse than “tax and spend.” It is “tax and buy more votes.” The endgame of this strategy is now being played out in Greece, and in Puerto Rico.

Sad to say, but I am dependent on government. Medicare pays me for taking care of my dialysis patients. If I opt out of Medicare, I must forfeit this revenue stream, and lose the patients, some of whom I’ve followed for over 20 years. Medicare is becoming increasingly dictatorial, and I may have to make a difficult decision.

I will soon qualify for Social Security payments — my money given back after many years of submarket returns. To get this, I will be forced to sign up for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). Parts B (outpatient care), C (managed care), and D (drug benefit) are all optional, and I’m strongly considering not enrolling in any of them.

Payments to doctors under Part B will be increasingly constrained, and they will have to jump through more and more hoops to get paid. Central authorities will prescribe treatments and will have access to my personal health information.

Medicare destroyed the private insurance market for seniors, but even if there were policies available, they too will be under the thumb of Washington, D.C.

All the policies will look pretty much the same as Medicare, or Medicaid. The major insurance giants are looking to merge, further consolidating power. The individual physician and patient count for little in these mega-systems.

Citizens need to fight to maintain their independence, and hence their liberty. They can do this by establishing revenue streams that are outside of governmental control. Physicians need to do the same thing, if they want to be able to continue to practice according to Hippocrates. Doctors, please read the Physicians’ Declaration of Independence, and take heed.

Ronald Reagan said prophetically, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Let us not be the generation that fails to pass it on.

Since 1990, Dr. Amerling has been on staff at the Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel) in New York. He served as director of Outpatient Dialysis from 1995-2012. Amerling is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He also is president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He has been published in many journals. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The Supreme Court just took it upon itself to redefine marriage for all 50 states. The Obama administration has made over 50 unauthorized changes to the un-Affordable Care Act.
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Sunday, 05 July 2015 09:11 AM
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