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AFCM Reports: President Proposes MSA Expansion
Excerpts from President Bush's Health Care Speech
February 11, 2002
"The Medical College of Wisconsin represents the future of health care here and throughout our country. It's a fitting place to address the great opportunities and challenges that the future will bring our country.

Our health care system is in need of important reform, and on the verge of amazing discovery. We must seize the moment for the benefit of all Americans." . . . [ full article ]


AFCM Reports: MSA Update
October 5, 2000
Nearly four years ago, Congress established a trial period for Medical Savings Accounts (MSA)—a tax-free savings account from which you pay your medical expenses. On December 31, 2000, unless Congress acts, the MSA program will become extinct. It is now time, particularly with an election approaching, for you to express your support for one of the few remaining vestiges of personal and financial freedom in the health care industry." . . . [ full article ]


AFCM Reports: The Sanctity of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
March 18, 2000
The Chicago Tribune of March 12 reported that more doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients. Fewer doctors than ever are generally available to treat patients, and those who remain in the profession are rejecting the increased pressure to see more patients for less reward." . . . [ full article ]


AFCM Reports: The Myth of Patient Safety
December 7, 1999
The National Academy of Sciences has called for the establishment of a federal “Center for Patient Safety,” operating under the auspices of Public Health Service at a projected annual cost of $100 million.  The “disinterested” NAS claims its research demonstrates that “medical errors kill 44,000 to 98,000 people a year,”—more than highway accidents, breast cancer or AIDS—such errors ranging from misread prescriptions to a lack of information in a “fragmented” health care system.  The NAS concluded that “health care is a decade or more behind other high-risk industries in its attention to ensuring basic safety,” and that the solution to such “carelessness” is the mandatory reporting of errors to a federal bureau which could then publicize the results allowing patients to make “informed” choices about their health care." . . . [ full article ]


AFCM Reports: Health Care Quality Under Siege
October 20, 1999
AFCM's advertisements and brochure begin with the phrase, “The crisis in American health care is not one of quality.”

If a recent New York Times article (10/19) is true, this will soon change." . . . [ full article ]


MSAs: The Future of Medical Care Financing
By Arthur Astorino, Jr., MD
I know that the MSA is the future for health care financing because it is the best option available today for returning control, responsibility and freedom of choice back to the individual, and thereby preserving and advancing quality medical care for individuals." . . . [ full article ]


A Short History of Americans for Free Choice in Medicine: A Physician Faces the Clinton Health Care Plan—and Emerges a Champion of Capitalism
By Arthur Astorino, Jr., MD
July 1994
On July 4, 1992, I had been driving home from my ophthalmology office, when I heard these words on the radio: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..." As I listened to the Declaration of Independence, I was struck with the long list of tyrannies by the British government, particularly the charge that the King of Great Britain "Has erected a Multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out the Substance." I thought of similar tyrannies I and my patients had suffered at the hands of the very government our forefathers established to protect us from tyranny. I decided to do what I could in the realm of medical care to defend our liberties." . . . [ full article ]


Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Milton Friedman on AFCM's Goals
By Milton Friedman
July 1994
Toward the end of World War II, I served as an instructor in a quality-control course for Navy procurement officers. It was held in Hershey, PA. As I recall, we stayed at the Hershey Hotel, on the corner of Cocoa Avenue and Chocolate Boulevard, across the street from the Hershey Junior College, where the actual instruction took place, a block or so from the Hershey Department Store, and so on. You get the idea. The stench or perfume of paternalism was heavy in the air." . . . [ full article ]




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