“Laura's Story" Sparks New Discussion Over Health Care

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Dr. James Veltmeyer of California says, “lives are being sacrificed for corporate mega-profits.”

"I was trained to heal the sick and preserve life... I was not taught that I had to seek the approval of insurance ‘commissars’ first.”

Dr. James Veltmeyer, Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California and the author of the recently-announced “Medical Association Membership” ( MAM ) health care reform plan, is going public with his wife’s battle with metastatic breast cancer and its relationship to the current national debate over health care.

“Laura’s Story is a tragic and painful one to talk about. Yet, it is a story that needs to be heard by the American public. People’s lives are in the balance and many may die because of a health care system that puts government and insurance companies in control, not doctors and patients,” said Dr. Veltmeyer, voted the “Top Medical Doctor” in San Diego in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Laura Veltmeyer’s ongoing struggle with cancer is a saga of “bureaucratic interference in medical decision-making, delays, refusals in recommended testings and treatments, and a callous disregard for human life – all to ensure mega-profits for giant insurance companies who fund congressional campaigns. In medical school, I was trained to heal the sick and preserve life, that means doing everything humanly possible and using every tool at my disposal. I was not taught that I had to seek the approval of insurance ‘commissars’ first,” he asserted.

The “Medical Association Membership” plan is a way to “restore the role of medicine in healing people and saving lives. It rolls back the role of government and health insurers so that physicians are free to do the job they were trained to do and patients are given greater choices at more affordable prices.”

“Laura’s Story” is attached and Dr. Veltmeyer may be contacted at 619-647-6420 or e-mailed at cadoc06(at)yahoo.com.

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