Who Cares About Wasserman Schultz When Americans Are Still Getting Medical Care In Animal Stalls?

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While the media — and Democratic party leaders — obsess about whether Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be allowed to “gavel in” the Democratic National Convention here today, hundreds of doctors and dentists are returning to their day jobs after spending three days a few miles from where I grew up treating patients — human patients — in animal stalls.

Frankly, I suspect the Democrats would rather deal with the Wasserman Schultz debacle than acknowledge that the

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Organized Dentistry Loses Big In Another State As Propaganda Stops Working

 

In health care public policy fights, it’s very hard for an underdog to overcome a massively funded lobbying and propaganda campaign.

Today, though, the underdog is celebrating a huge win. One so big, in fact, that it most certainly will embolden groups in other states to take on the same adversary—organized dentistry.

The victory was made official this morning when Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that will greatly expand access to dental care in the Green Mountain

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America’s Silent Epidemic Will End When Public Officials Stop Kowtowing to a Single Special Interest

A new report by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the Department of Health and Human Services makes clear that the United States is still in the grip of a decades-long epidemic, albeit one that many Americans scarcely know exists. What this and previous reports do not make clear, however, is that the epidemic continues to cause lasting harm to millions of men, women and children in part because of the influence of a very powerful special interest.

To a large

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Doctors for America Featured Speech

Wendell was a featured speaker at the Doctors for America National Leadership Conference. What can doctors do to take their work to the next level and have a greater impact on society’s health?  Listen to Wendell’s speech and find out!

Download an mp3 of Wendell’s Doctors for America Speech Here

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How a Little Known Native-American Tribe Is Leading the Way to Better Dental Care in America

In a David versus Goliath showdown, a small Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest is challenging one of the country’s most powerful and politically well-connected special interests in its mission to improve the oral health of its children.

The David in this fight is the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state’s Puget Sound area. The Goliath most likely will surprise you. It’s none other than organized dentistry, which over many years has spent millions of dollars on image …

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How to Reduce the Absurd Amount of Money Americans Spend on Health Care? One Community at a Time

Thinking big with Esther Dyson.

If you’d like to meet someone who is truly “part of the solution,” someone who understands the problems of American health care in a way that few politicians do—and someone who is putting her money where her mouth is to get us healthier—meet Esther Dyson.

Dyson is a former journalist and angel investor whom Forbes magazine named one of the most powerful women in American business. Thirty-five years ago, Dyson founded EDventure Holdings, a pioneering …

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Why Growing Numbers of Americans Are Embarrassed to Smile

Fifteen years ago this spring, Surgeon General David Satcher issued a call to action to address what he called America’s “silent epidemic”–the growing incidence of dental disease in this country.

Unfortunately, we as a nation have not made much progress over the last decade and a half. Just last weekend, thousands of people lined up to get charity dental care at the California state fairgrounds in Sacramento. Some had spent the night waiting in line.

Similar events will be held …

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Why I’m OK Having a Mid-Level Dental Practitioner Work on My Teeth

Would you trust someone with two years of dental training to pull one of your teeth or fill a cavity?

If you’re like me–or like I used to be–I’m pretty sure you’re saying, “Not a chance.”

Until a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed that anyone with 24 months of training (plus a six- to 12-month preceptorship) could help solve America’s dental healthcare crisis. Now I know better.

I first heard about dental therapists from Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice …

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Exploding The Myths About American Health Care

New documentary takes ‘world’s best’ system to task.

I don’t agree with Romney and Obama health care advisor Jonathan Gruber that Americans are stupid, but there is abundant evidence that we’re incredibly gullible. And we’re paying a big price for it. For the latest evidence, check out the documentary Remote Area Medical, which opens in select theaters across the country this coming Friday.

We’ve been told over and over again by politicians and flacks—including me in my previous

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