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Limiting or Limited Government? Thomas W. Kendall Sr., M.D.

Updated on July 25, 2012
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A Physician's Take On The Health Care Reform Bill

Sharing his heart on the issues surrounding health care reform, a friend of ours from Greenville, SC, offers the following opinion:

As a medical professional for 33 years it is my opinion that if the Health Care Reform bill, which recently passed against the will of the majority of freedom-loving Americans, is not repealed the American medical dream will have become a nightmare. This will signal a demise of liberty.

The United States Constitution is not a document to limit the expression of liberty of a free people, but rather to limit the coercive, oppressive, godless tyranny of those who consider themselves superior to others.

No jurisdictional authority exists or is implied by our supreme law that would allow mandated medical care, much less determine the nature of that care.

Decades ago, the term crisis had frequent use in clinical medicine when the critical time of a patient’s prognosis was defined by the evidence of vital recovery or imminent death.

American medicine and America itself is at a crisis. Will the honor, courage, and esthetic of those who have made themselves the servants of their patients be mongrelized into servitude of the state?

At the 2009 Annual Medical staff meeting of the Greenville Hospital System two speakers were commissioned to speak on Health Care Reform.

Dictums such as “Doctors, you are going to have to change the way you think,” and “Doctors, you are going to have to become team players,” were among some of the most alarming comments. But when Charles Darwin’s name was mentioned, and his evolutionary conclusions were invoked, that “Doctors would adapt or they would not survive,” I was compelled to respond.

“Is it a presupposition that the Federal Government has any responsibility in health care?” I asked the speakers. One responded with laughter and said he would not address that question. The other said, “We don’t know what it’s going to be like when these changes are implemented.”

What will happen as the Health Care Reform Bill becomes the new way? Initially there will not be significant change in the delivery of services, but as the progressive regulatory restrictions limit medical decision-making, doctors and patients will begin recognizing the following substantial changes:

1. Doctors will face fines and imprisonment for failure to adhere to ever-increasing bureaucratic regulations that have little if anything to do with providing the best care for the patient and have everything to do with control of the Doctor and profession.

2. Innovation will shift from cutting-edge technological advances benefitting all of mankind to isolated government selected interests to benefit politically motivated elitist agendas.

3. The patient-physician relationship becomes vulnerable to politically appointed non-medical administrators whose philosophies put the well-being of the state and its ruling class over the well-being of the patient. This is perhaps the most important change.

Most Americans are not aware that only 18% of U.S physicians were members of the AMA (American Medical Association) when “Obamacare” was signed March 23, 2010.

This organization received much media attention in its support of the legislation which protects its monopoly of the coding of medical care procedures that is required for physicians to receive payment for services.

Physicians are polarized in these ideological debates. Do they do what is best for their patients or what is best for the nationalistic, socialization of our once free and prosperous nation.

Now is the time for those who have never thought it necessary to be involved and take action. Unless the principles of the framers and their ideas which produced the Articles of Confederation, the subsequent U.S. Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, are embraced and defended, we do not deserve the liberties that our heroes past and present fought and died for.

Several physicians were Involved in drafting our founding documents. They knew about tyranny . We physicians today must oppose this breach of our founders intent.

The Hippocratic oath I pledged upon graduating from medical school included the promise “I would allow no harm to be done to my patient.” This attack on American freedom is harmful to all of us. It arises from within our own halls of legislative, judicial, and executive responsibility.

WE THE PEOPLE must acknowledge our contribution to this current crisis. We must act immediately with courage and conviction to return our Republic to the rule of law. We must return to constitutional rule and limit government’s oppressive tyranny, not liberty-loving free Americans.

Bio: Dr. Tom Kendall Sr., graduate of Medical College of Georgia and Family Physician, has served Greenville for 33 years. He is husband to Jan, father of 7, and grandfather to 5.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It's a topic we need to continue to highlight so thanks for commenting as well as stopping by. It's a good thing when a professional in the field takes the time to speak up.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Terrific article! I absolutely love it. Thank you for publishing it for us.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You make some very good points. Thanks much for commenting. The problem with legalizing drugs and users is that they don't have money to put into a fund, however, I get your point about thinning the herd. That is exactly what is going to happen as our medical system crumbles under the new rules.

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      susanmarion 6 years ago from Bunnell

      If the government would butt out of things in which they have no business, maybe more people would step up to help themselves and each other instead of feeling hopeless. I work very hard and for what? To support some guy who wants to collect a check because they spent much of their life actively trying to commit suicide via smoking, overeating or other addictions? The people who truly need help are a small portion of the ones that get the help. Why do I want to support some woman who spits children out like candy in order to get a bigger check each month? Meanwhile, I struggle each month to pay my bills and eat beans and rice due to the ridiculous tax bills. Worse yet, I'm paying the retirement salaries for people who made 100's of thousands of dollars during their service in government positions. What's wrong with THAT picture. Health care? I have a $5000 deductible that I can't afford. I am supposed to get a free colonoscopy with the insurance. I learned that if they find even one polyp, I pay for the entire procedure. I can't afford the risk. Needless to say, no test for me. I am responsible, I didn't have kids because I couldn't have afforded them and I didn't want to be on Government assistance. I work hard and I end up in the hole every month. No idea how I'll pay taxes at the end of the year. I know I'm not alone. IF the government would stop trying to protect people from themselves, Taxes would be much less, recession would be over and the citizens could police their own and listen to each person to come up with solutions at a local level. Federal government is to protect the people from threats outside the US and from terrorists, to make sure voting doesn't get ridiculous or crooked and to keep a distance from our lives. Lets legalize drugs and anyone who chooses to use them, must put money into a fund to pay for the emergency room or their other future health problems with a cap. No money in the fund, no medical care unless they pay cash. It's called thinning the herd. Then maybe people would take more responsibility for that choice or just not make that choice. Thank you for the soap box.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting. We need to keep the dialogue going! I should have mentioned that everyone is free to copy/paste and send, send, send this on to others. Write a new hub and reference it, send it in an email, and share it with other doctors. We need to step up to bat and speak out or, as in this hub's case, help voices of reason get heard.

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      Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      All I had to do was read the title. The difference between the words limiting and limited are profound. That simple concept is so easy to wrap your head around. Those two words tell the whole story and describe the battle we are in as well as any I can think of. Great piece.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for stopping by and for helping keep the dialogue open by leaving a comment.

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      I suppose conservatives are the worlds smartest people! Seems we all knew these things the minute Obama brought it up! lol, good write!