Since its inception more than 50 years ago, The John Birch Society has always been right in the middle of all of the important political battles. In the past year, the JBS has taken on issues as serious and challenging as championing ObamaCare nullification at the state level, as well as opposing the latest unconstitutional actions from Congress. Larry Greenley, the director of marketing for the JBS, spoke with The New American (TNA) about the Society’s major grass-roots activities this year.
Most Americans know the broad strokes of the new health-care law known as ObamaCare, but scratching the surface of the law reveals large-scale unstated changes including government intrusion into the home and family.
President Obama, political commentators, and government bureaucrats will tell you that ObamaCare is good medicine for America, but what of those administering the medical procedures? ObamaCare is one change that doctors are telling the President 'keep the change,' as they realize the true repercussions of the implementation of this new government affront to the nation's quality health care.
On Wednesday, February 16, the Idaho House became the first state legislative body to pass a measure to nullify the entire ObamaCare law within a state.
Yesterday the Oklahoma House of Representatives issued a press release, "Ritze Seeks Nullification of ObamaCare," which stated: "State Rep. Mike Ritze has filed legislation to effectively nullify the new federal health care law and allow felony charges against individuals attempting to enforce it in Oklahoma."
JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: Now that they have the law and see the Republicans compromising, the things they left out of ObamaCare are coming back through regulation. What is "end of life counseling" anyway?
JBS CEO Art Thompson's topic this week: Why did the Republicans not wait for the new Congress when they would have had a majority instead of reaching a compromise with Obama now?
The John Birch Society supports freedom of choice in healthcare, including keeping medical choices between patients and their doctors. Government intrusion in the free market has done more harm than good, so JBS advocates free market solutions that create healthy competition that in turn drives prices down and quality up.
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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.
The 25-city tour schedule can be found online. The doctors are available for interviews.
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.
There’s a lot of confusion occurring over what’s being nullified by the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” legislation that’s been introduced in over 30 states, and already enacted into law in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana. This legislation has been based on model legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) back in December 2008, over a year before ObamaCare finally became law.