Leading California Physician Enters Health Care Debate

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Dr. James Veltmeyer of San Diego is advancing his own health care reform proposal to offer a revolutionary change in a medical delivery system that dates back to World War II

A leading California physician has joined the growing national debate over health care reform with a policy initiative that would revolutionize an “archaic” medical delivery system that has existed practically unchanged since World War II.

Dr. James Veltmeyer is the Chief of Family Medicine at the prestigious Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. He has been voted San Diego’s “Top Doctor” in 2012, 2014, and 2016 and is the author of the Medical Association Membership (MAM) health care plan. Dr. Veltmeyer dubs his plan “Health Care By the people, For the people.”The MAM would uproot the system of third-party payment and interference in personal medical decisions which he says “are costing lives each and every day, causing needless suffering, and leading to rationed care while costs, premiums, and deductibles continue to skyrocket.”

“MAM would place doctors and patients back in control of health care, not the government, insurance companies, or Big Pharma.

No longer would patients be denied life-saving procedures by faceless bureaucrats. Choice and competition would start the process of driving down health care costs and insurance would return to its original function, covering us for something catastrophic, not routine care.”

Dr. Veltmeyer emphasized that his plan would cover both Medicaid and Medicare patients as well while bringing down the “outrageous cost of medications.” He criticized the reform plans in Congress as “inadequate” and “Obamacare lite” that do nothing to save lives or reduce costs.

“Mandates, subsidies, and regulations brought us to the point where people can’t afford health insurance and doctors can’t afford to practice medicine. This must stop!”

The fundamental goals of the Medical Association Membership plan are:
1.    Health care By the people and For the people ( vs. rationed care )
2.    Encourage individuals to manage their own health care
3.    Preventive and routine maintenance medical access for all

Dr. Veltmeyer says his current plans include launching a foundation to lobby for enactment of the MAM plan at the state and national level as well as possibly a PAC to support candidates who endorse the objectives of the plan. He will be engaging in speaking and media appearances to build public awareness and support.

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