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Choose Freedom — Stop ObamaCare Doctor Tour Begins
The John Birch Society sends three doctors on a speaking tour to kickoff its campaign to repeal or nullify the new healthcare law, allowing patients, doctors to choose a course of care

APPLETON, WIS.—September 23, 2010—The John Birch Society’s “Choose Freedom — Stop ObamaCare!” speaking tour officially begins September 24 in Idaho with a presentation by Dr. Mark E. Baxter.  The tour features three doctors who are passionate about affordable quality healthcare and constitutional, limited government that allows patients and their doctors to choose a course of care.

The tour begins in Idaho and runs through 13 states until the first part of November.

The "Choose Freedom — Stop ObamaCare!" tour is a nationwide speaking tour/media tour of three physicians and JBS President John McManus, sponsored by The John Birch Society.  It is an important part of the Society’s comprehensive campaign that includes billboards, radio and newspaper ads, videos and DVDs, flyers, bumper stickers, ObamaCare repeal and nullification petitions, Internet social network sites, and YouTube, as well as print and online articles.  The campaign aims to educate and enlist more Americans in the efforts to push Congress to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while at the same time urging state legislatures to stop the federal takeover of medicine and healthcare through the constitutional process of nullification.

The three doctors are Baxter, MD; Frederick Pierce, MD; and J. Michael Ritze, DO, MFSA.  Baxter is a former urgent care and emergency room physician and a Senior Airman Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.  He has long had an interest in the effect on medicine that would accompany government control of medical care.

Ritze has a family practice in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and has delivered over 2,000 babies.  He has taught forensic science specifically to law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma for years.  Since 2008, he has served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Pierce spent the better part of his medical career working in the occupational and environmental health fields.  He served 27 years with General Motors and then at clinics in Michigan and Indiana before retiring.

McManus is the President of The John Birch Society, publisher of The New American magazine, publisher of the JBS Bulletin and author of several books.  Before joining the Society’s staff in the 1960s, he served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

JBS CEO Arthur R. Thompson will be a fifth speaker and fill in where needed.  He has read the entire "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" and its reconciliation companion. Through JBS, he is helping lead the effort to overturn the new law and help return the choice of healthcare back to individuals.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit JBS.org for more information.

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bad medicineThis article, "Socialist Medical Care Is Bad Medical Care," by Gary Allen has been reprinted from the February 1971 issue of American Opinion magazine, the forerunner of The New American. This article, which was written for The John Birch Society's magazine, American Opinion, reveals how both Democrats and Republicans were already working hard to establish a compulsory national health insurance program back in the 1960s. It also reveals some of the details about the transition of the A.M.A. from the champion of the free-enterprise private-practice physician it had formerly been to the champion of ObamaCare-style socialized medicine it is today.

Doctors or physicians and socialized medicineThis material, is excerpted from an essay by Robert Welch, which served as his "Foreward" to the June 1970 Bulletin of The John Birch Society. His arguments against government-run health care, such as our present-day ObamaCare, are still valid. Welch noted in the February 1976 JBS Bulletin that "There are more physicians and surgeons who belong to The John Birch Society than people who earn their daily bread in any other way." This tendency for doctors to become Americanist boosters was attributed to the fact that the hard-working physician was "more inclined to be an individualist instead of a collectivist...." In addition, the financial independence and high degree of respect earned by the doctor was seen by Robert Welch as protecting the physician from "outside views and pressures."

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