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Representative and physician Tom Price(R) of Georgia is stepping onto the national stage in the health care reform debate.

He recently hosted a teleconference of conservative physicians from the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, a far right group based in Texas.

Now he has set up, with funding from the NRCC, the "Physicians Council for Responsible Health Care Reform."

I had a message on my answering machine this morning tell me that Tom Price was contacting me to get my opinions about health care reform, and gave me a number to call (877-416-7188).

I called and was told about the group and told I was being solicited because I was a physician leader. I serve on the Board of Trustees of my state medical society, so I suspect that's how he got the (wrong) number. They then played a recording of Tom Price, which I can summarize very briefly: Be very afraid and stop the commies!

Less briefly: - HC reform is a threat to physicians - It will lead to government interference in HC - It will lead to a further decline in your revenue - It will let frivolous lawsuits continue - It will lead to TOTAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL of HC - Government burueacrats are bad and will ruin HC - HC reform will be disastrous for me - We physicians need to pull together and fight HC reform - We need to "get out the truth"

A pleasant young man came back on the line and asked if I would be willing to join the Council and it would require absolutely no time committment. Parenthetically, some Republicans did this a few years back, too. They called and asked if I'd let them put my name and title on a Wall Street Journal ad for tort reform or something. Makes the ad look impressive to have all those names, I guess.

In any case I responded that I disagreed with everything Rep. Price had just said. I also pointed out that so did all other leading professional organizations for physicians including:

- AMA - American Osteopathic Association - American College of Physicians - American Academy of Family Physicians - America Academy of Pediatrics - American College of Surgeons - American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

I suggested Dr. Price does not speak for physicians and that he should go home and be quiet.

I was thanked politely and professionally, told the NRCC was paying the bills, and we hung up.

So, physicians, feel free to call and let Rep. Dr. Price he does not speak for you, either.

And since he has now identified himself as a "national playah" on the issue, I think it is ethical to start ringing up his offices, isn't it?

Originally posted to cmhmd on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Typical wingnut physician astroturf. (1+ / 0-)
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    One of my partners is an esteemed family physician very well known nationally for his research in health maintenance and preventive care. He was contacted during the 2004 election cycle by a fancy-sounding "Physician advisory group" for the Republican party. He returned their call, and found that they wanted a big fat donation from him to help block any efforts at health care reform.

    Oh, and for a big donation he could join a one-time focus group meeting to vent about the evils of government intrusion into health care.

    Thanks, but no thanks. These astroturf groups are all dominated by extremely affluent, highly paid surgical subspecialists (like Dr. McKalip, of Obama-as-witch-doctor infamy), working hard to maintain their vast incomes.

    They sure as hell don't speak for rural family doctors like us.

    •  AOA (0+ / 0-)

      A friend (DO) sent me these links:

      Have questions about H.R. 3200 and the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) position on the proposed legislation?  Please refer to these two documents created by the AOA's Department of Government Relations.

      Talking Points on America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200)

      Frequently Asked Questions about H.R. 3200 with answers from 2009-2010 AOA President Larry A. Wickless, DO
      ( 3200.pdf)

      So tha AOA, 64K members is with us too!

  •  Wingnut Doc Hookup (1+ / 0-)
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    Yes, wingnut docs in congress (Price, Gingrey, Broun, etc.) are going around and hooking up with wingnut private practice docs to hold "townhall meetings" to scare the hell out of people about government-backed health care. I posted a diary this weekend about one such event I attended. (see "No Healthcare Crisis = No Dead Bodies in the Streets).  This is also related to the McKalip story in Florida.  The connections have cross-relationships. A lot of front groups have been created with very "professional" names, but they all have one master.

  •  GA sure has its share of wingnut docs (1+ / 0-)
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    Phil Gingrey is my rep, and Tom Price is in the neighboring CD.  Paul Broun is definitely the worst of the lot in GA.  Of course, Coburn and Ron Paul lead the pack.  

    Obama would be perfect if he were a Cubs fan.

    by Georgia Liberal on Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:58:34 PM PDT

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