He is a good speaker: he commmonly gave talks to the Kateri conference (for Native American women) which our patients attended, as far back as when he was bishop of Rapid City. He is a Potawanami (Prarie Band Nation) and well known in the Native American community, but with his latest assignment, he now has a larger audience.
his discussion here is "boring", because many of the points are subtle, so be warned.
Last March, he warned that the Obamacare bill needed to be amended to protect religious liberty before it was passed. It was passed only after Obama promised to change the potential for funding abortion and abortifactant medicine, a promise that was quickly broken when an anonymous unelected panel in the HHS decided to fund these things, while other bureaucrats refused to exempt Church institutions from paying for this.
My take on the health care bill HERE.
and there is another problem in the bill, noted HERE in secondhandSmokeblog, which discusses how the AMA's PC ethicists say docs should remember they are "stewards" for taxpayer money, and put the budget before the patient.
From the AMedNews story:
Chicago Physicians have an obligation to recommend the less expensive option when the available medical alternatives offer a “similar likelihood” of patient benefit, according to ethics policy adopted at the AMA Annual Meeting.
Doctors ought to be “prudent stewards of the shared societal resources with which they are entrusted,” says the ethical opinion. The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs report overcame objections that it could wrongly limit physicians’ ability to advocate for the interests of individual patients when those conflict with the need to constrain health care costs.Yes but alas, this trend goes back to when big business took over medicine, but now with Obamacare, it is written in law, and will discourage aggressive and independent thinkers from entering medicine:
The dirty little secret is that a lot of docs are quitting practice early,, and others who would be the best and most independent physicians will simply chose another profession.
If Physicians morph from the independent thinker/gung ho healers to obedient obedient employees, the future may be that you will now see the less ambitious types working 40 hour weeks, and of course other physician extenders” who will work for the lower pay.
So expect your “doctor” in the future to be a friendly nurse practitioner who follows the guidelines correctly and gets along with the regulations, not a feisty trouble maker like myself who fights the bureaucrats to get her patients the best medical care, the budget be damned.