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Op-Ed: Debunking the ‘Trump Doesn’t Have a Health Care Plan’ Myth

My Democrat friends foisted this refrain upon me after I attended President Trump’s announcement of his health care plan in North Carolina. I posted about it on social media, along with the transcript of his speech and the outline of his plan. How could they claim he didn’t have a health care plan? It was there in writing. Apparently, that wasn’t enough, and it wouldn’t be until the government had more control.

“It’s not a ‘plan’ because you can’t sign-up for it,” someone snidely retorted.

I realized then we held two different views of what constitutes a health care plan—and what it means for the American people.

To consider it a “plan,” my progressive friends would need President Trump to create and offer an overarching outline of how the government would run every aspect of the American health care system. In their opinion, anything less than a comprehensive takeover would constitute mere platitudes.

Read the full op-ed at Townhall.com. 

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Opinion: Disappointing Affordable Care Act

By: Brian Blase, former Special Assistant to the President

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was principally intended to improve health insurance markets for individuals and small businesses, lower health costs, and increase the number of people with insurance. It largely failed. Health insurance markets are only afloat because of massive federal subsidies and premiums and out-of-pocket obligations significantly increased for families. While the ACA has led to about 13 million more people with Medicaid, many more have been harmed. Middle-income families without employer-provided coverage and small businesses and their workers have largely fared worse from higher health care costs as did the nation’s taxpayers who are responsible for funding all of the law’s new spending. (For an in-depth review of the ACA’s performance ten years after its enactment, see this Galen Institute analysis.)

The ACA Damaged the Individual Market for Health Insurance and Harmed Middle-Income Families and Small Businesses

Prior to the ACA, the individual health insurance market—the place…

Read the full opinion at Forbes.com.

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DPC: From the Signing Ceremony

It was my honor to be invited by The White House to Charlotte, NC yesterday, and to be seated directly behind President Trump as he laid out his vision for returning health care back to American patients.

I was flanked by some of my favorite physician leaders from around the nation for the remarks. Many more made the journey and were in the crowd.

The vision rests upon 3 pillars: Better care. More choices. Lower costs.

In the press release from The White House, number 2 on the list of ENSURING BETTER CARE is “improve access to direct primary care arrangements that cut out the middleman and cut red tape to enable patients to spend more time with their doctors.”

While I acknowledge that DPC is not THE solution that solves all the problems, it is one more choice for patients to access quality affordable medical care. It checks many boxes: personalized care, price transparency, improved access, eliminating middlemen, eliminating surprise bills, no exclusion for pre-existing conditions, emphasis on longitudinal care over episodic disease care, improved access to telehealth, more affordable medications through wholesale medications, rural health access, and so much more.

I immensely appreciate the support of this administration. We have been at this for more than a decade, with mostly a headwind. I appreciate the changing winds. I look forward to seeing how far we can go to ease barriers to Direct Primary Care for doctors and patients with fair winds and following seas.

I am extremely proud of the brave physicians all across the nation that have bravely leaped from the burning building into what appeared like certain demise, only to have been saved by the relationship with their patients.

Now battle-tested by a pandemic, Direct Primary Care has proved its survival power through personalization and flexibility to serve the needs of the community.

The future is bright for primary care. Thank you!!

Lee Gross, MD
President
Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation

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Dr. Lee Gross: ‘America First Healthcare Plan’ Restores Power to Doctors and Patients, Removes Bureaucrats from the Exam Room, and Cuts Out Middlemen

D4PCF Board President Dr. Lee Gross, founder of the groundbreaking Epiphany Health Direct Primary Care clinic in North Port, Florida, thanked the administration for heeding the advice of practicing physicians who for years have prescribed patient choice as the cure.

“Today, President Trump released his plan for health care,” Gross said. “This vision achieves the three pillars of higher quality, better access and lower cost. Only two of these can be achieved with a government-centered approach. This patient-centered free-market approach can achieve all three.

“The plan restores power to doctors and patients, removes bureaucrats from the exam room and gets middlemen out of the doctor-patient relationship,” Gross continued.

“We thank the administration for steps already taken and look forward to working with the president to see this vision become reality,” he concluded.

Read the full press release.

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White House Launches Patient Freedom Initiative Flanked by Board Members of Docs4PatientCare Foundation and DPC Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2020

Dr. Lee Gross: ‘America First Healthcare Plan’ Restores Power to Doctors and Patients, Removes Bureaucrats from the Exam Room, and Cuts Out Middlemen

CHARLOTTE, NC — Today President Trump, surrounded on stage by six board members of the Docs4PatientCare Foundation and DPC Action as well as approximately 95 other physicians, unveiled his “America First Healthcare Plan,” renewing the White House’s commitment to “More Choice, Lower Cost, and Better Care” and identifying patient freedom as the top priority and best solution for the American health care system.

D4PCF Board President Dr. Lee Gross, founder of the groundbreaking Epiphany Health Direct Primary Care clinic in North Port, Florida, thanked the administration for heeding the advice of practicing physicians who for years have prescribed patient choice as the cure.

“Today, President Trump released his plan for health care,” Gross said. “This vision achieves the three pillars of higher quality, better access and lower cost. Only two of these can be achieved with a government-centered approach. This patient-centered free-market approach can achieve all three.

“The plan restores power to doctors and patients, removes bureaucrats from the exam room and gets middlemen out of the doctor-patient relationship,” Gross continued.

“We thank the administration for steps already taken and look forward to working with the president to see this vision become reality,” he concluded.

Standing behind Trump during the announcement was D4PCF Board Vice President Dr. Mike Koriwchak. Koriwchak says the White House’s proven commitment to price transparency is key to Trump’s plan to liberate patients from bondage to unfair prices and confusing policies.

“Patients have an advocate in the White House,” Koriwchak said. “Today’s announcement builds on the momentum of President Trump’s executive order on price transparency, an indispensable part of any free — and fair — market.”

“Patients have a right to know the price of treatment beforehand instead of surrendering their income and savings to the black hole of government-sponsored insurance,” Koriwchak continued.

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CONTACT:

Felicia Horton, Docs4PatientCare Foundation, toll-free 1-888-788-5515, felicia@hortonlogistics.com

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What Divides Us: Direct Primary Care with Dr. Lee Gross

Is the health care industry too under the thumb of the government to repair through the power of markets? Not according to Dr. Lee Gross, President of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation and Owner of Epiphany Health in Florida. He says he adopted a “Direct Primary Care” model at Epiphany a decade ago, and now he’s marketing the money-saving, care improving model that empowers patients while allowing doctors to do their jobs better in a more relaxed atmosphere. It works by creating patient-focused incentives instead of following ones controlled by insurance companies. Gross is our guest on this week’s What Divides Us.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Biden’s Impact on Health Care

joe biden speaking in front of american flag

We are a mere two months from a presidential election.

Dr. Scherz will look into the past policies of candidate Biden to determine the impact of a Biden Presidency on American health care.

With a long history of centralizing health care in Washington, DC, Biden has surrounded himself with voices pushing for greater control than the PPACA instituted.

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Raising Cain – A Tribute – Herman Cain in Memoriam

A Giant has passed.

Herman Cain was a long time champion of the doctor-patient relationship, fighting alongside the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation for years.

Host Dr. Hal Scherz, a long time personal friend of Cain, will unpack the impact of the man in his battle (public and private) to deliver health care to America and protect the greatest health care system on earth.

Expect multiple guests and some of the best sound bites from Cain himself during his many times speaking at D4PCF events.

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The Front Lines Get Messy

There has been a rumbling under the surface for months as physicians quietly questioned the approach to managing the COVID-19 infection.

Beyond the staggering retraction of policymaking studies in Lancet & NEJM. Beyond the incoherent and inconsistent application of mitigation measures by politicians. Beyond pharmacies overriding physician clinical judgment. Things are coming to a head.

Host Dr. Scott Barbour will speak about America’s Frontline Doctors’ experience in DC. Not just the pressers and attacks, but what happened behind the scenes.

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