By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD
Since 1943, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has led the fight for medical freedom. Our first concern about candidates is what their Administration would do to your medical care.
Senator Ted Cruz was the only one of four invited candidates who accepted an invitation to speak in person at our recent 72nd annual meeting, which focused on the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Ben Carson prepared a ten minute video.
Senator Cruz, like AAPS, has been a forceful proponent of total repeal of Obamacare. He believes reform must restore medical decision-making to doctors and patients.
AAPS doctors warmly agreed with Senator Cruz on crucial principles:
- More marketplace competition is needed.
- Patients, in consultation with doctors they trust, must make medical decisions—not government or “health plans.”
- Government intervention in medicine has increased costs, removed treatment options, thwarted innovation, and decreased efficiency.
Democrats and liberals have claimed that Obamacare was needed because the U.S. “healthcare system” is “broken.” AAPS and Senator Cruz have maintained that it is NOT American medicine as a whole that is “broken”—at least not yet. Senator Cruz and AAPS have consistently pointed out that it is the payment system that has been “broken” by government intrusion and over-regulation.
U.S. medical care has remained tops in the world for quality, accessibility, innovation, variety of medications, available diagnostic and treatment procedures, longevity for the major diseases, and cancer survival.
But true “free markets” in U.S. medical care and health insurance have not been allowed to operate since the 1940s, when the federal government mandated a freeze on wages during World War II. Labor was scarce, and creative employers offered health insurance as a “benefit” to attract needed employees. More people got health insurance through jobs, and didn’t experience the true cost of medical services as they do in a free market. Democrats used this employer-based insurance as another “reason” for the necessity of Obamacare, to prevent people from losing their health insurance if they changed jobs.
But as Senator Cruz and AAPS have both pointed out, there are simpler ways to solve this problem. Senator Cruz said in his speech: “People don’t lose their home insurance or their car insurance when they change jobs. Why should they lose their health insurance due to a job change? We must de-link health insurance from employment.” Senator Cruz’ position mirrors that of AAPS: People should own their health insurance policies individually. Such policies should have the same tax deductibility as those provided through an employer. They should be portable from job to job over a person’s career. And people should be able to buy health insurance across state lines.
Free markets in medical services were eroded further by passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. These put the federal government in charge of setting prices (“allowable charges”), deciding payments to physicians and hospitals, and determining “covered” services. Senator Cruz, in agreement with longstanding positions of AAPS, plans to remove these government price controls and restore free market principles. He used the example of dramatic reductions in the cost of Lasik eye surgery with free-market competition.
Senator Cruz clearly understands the fact, which AAPS has been explaining for decades, that if a third party pays for your medical care, the third party will decide what you get. As the old German proverb says: “Whose bread I eat, his song I must sing.”
This is Obamacare’s fundamental flaw: government bureaucrats are in control, not patients or doctors.
Senator Cruz made it clear in his remarks that he supports repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with true reform that puts real free markets back to work and patients back in control of their money, their insurance plans, and their choice of physicians and hospitals.
As one physician who has consistently advocated for patients to have more control over their medical treatment options and their health insurance, I strongly approved Senator Ted Cruz’s articulate positions on effective reform.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is a preventive medicine hormone therapy specialist and the founder of the Hormone Health Strategies medical practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX, as well as HER Place ®: Health Enhancement and Renewal for Women, Inc. ®, all of which treat and educate patients about hormonal changes that affect women and men physically, emotionally, and socially.
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. is a member of the International Menopause Society, the International Society of Gynecologic Endocrinology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the North American Menopause Society. She also served on the Female Sexual Dysfunction National Advisory Board evaluating data and medical issues for testosterone therapy for women.
Dr. Vliet was the 2007 recipient of the Voice of Women award from the Arizona Foundation for Women for her pioneering advocacy for the overlooked hormone connections in women’s health. Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD was also recognized by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and presented with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2014 for her decades of dedication to medicine, consumer health education and medical freedom advocacy for patients around the world.
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. is a nationally recognized speaker who has appeared across the USA and overseas presenting numerous scientific papers and keynote addresses at regional, national, and international conferences for physicians and other health professionals on the overlooked hormone connections that affect many different health issues.
Dr. Vliet has also made herself available to discuss public healthcare issues, such as the economic and medical impact of the new healthcare bill, on FOX News, Stuart Varney, Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, as well as a multitude of radio interviews across the country.
News Items featuring Dr. Vliet
Speaking at the “Defending the Constitution Convention,” Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD explains how ObamaCare’s violations of the U.S. Constitution are also an attack on the most important property of all, your life. 08/13
Dr. Elizabeth Vliet, a practicing physician and President of International Health Strategies, talks with Dan Rea in Boston about the controversial Supreme Court case dealing with health care law. (03/12)
Dr. Elizabeth Vliet explains to Fox News why she left the AMA, citing the fact that Obamacare tramples the doctor-patient relationship, compromises her ability to follow the Hippocratic Oath, and how excessive regulatory burdens and crushing costs imposed on doctors will make it completely unfeasible for many of them to stay in business. Examiner 03/10
In Wall Street Journal article Elizabeth Lee Vliet discusses symptoms that can be due to fluctuating levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone that can start as many as ten years before menopause in a life phase called perimenopause or menopausal transition. 10/10
Videos featuring Dr. Elizabeth L. Vliet