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Fighting a War for Our Veterans

January 18, 2013

800px-Jointcolors[originally published in KCN, March 2002]

Dear Valued Veterans,

Just wanted to let you know that in addition to the standard medical services that we have offered you in the past, you now have direct access to chiropractic care — no referral needed.  Our medical facilities will soon be staffed by  doctors of chiropractic standing ready to serve your health care needs.  We sincerely hope you will take advantage of this exciting new benefit.  You deserve it.

Your friends at the VA.

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Government Health Care for Everyone: Buyer Beware

January 29, 2010

[originally published in KCN, February 2010]

As our nation waits on pins and needles for our elected officials to craft a “health-insurance- plan-for-everyone,”  those who are super-excited by this proposition need to understand that it will not be “free.”  We will all directly and indirectly pay for it.  You can be sure of that.  And the scary thing is, we are looking to the federal government to craft this utopian health insurance plan… when their track record in the insurance business is down right lousy.  Can  you say “Medicare?”
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My Health Care Reform Proposal: “The Goldilocks Plan”

January 22, 2010

[originally published in Kitsap News Group’s 2010 Balance Sound Fitness and Health Guide, January 29, 2010 / cartoons provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

As we look to our elected offiicals in D.C. to come up with a health care plan we all can agree on, something tells me that the 2000-plus page storybook they are pushing needn’t be so long.  At the risk of oversimplifying the matter, there is much wisdom to be gained from a childhood story we are all familiar with — and one that is considerably shorter:  “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.”

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It’s Your Right!

October 9, 2009

[originally published in KCN, June 2000]

Bill of RightsWe have many rights in this great land of ours:  the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote are a few that come to mind;  and starting next year, Washingtonians will have a brand new right that’s sure to deepen their constitutional pride — the right to direct chiropractic access.  No longer will patients be faced with the obstacle that some managed-care insurance companies have placed in their way, which require them to obtain a referral from their primary doctor before seeing a chiropractor.  This new “right” falls under the Patient Bill of Rights that was recently written into law in our Evergreen State a few months ago and is set to take effect on all insurance plans regulated by our state “entered into or renewing after June 30, 2001.”    (more…)


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