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Thursday, September 1, 2011

How the PPACA (aka Obamacare) affects Veterinarians

I do try to keep this blog about animal topics, but I reserve the right, since it is MY blog, to discuss whatever I deem important. 

In this case, I can absolutely tie this announcement to veterinary medicine. You may ask "why?" Well, most of us in veterinary medicine are either small business owners or employees of a small business.  The PPACA does affect us, whether we own a business or not. In fact, it affects EVERY single segment of the US population in some way, shape or form. 


 Well, since many people have not read the actual bill, notably those that passed it, a wonderful group I am involved with as Vice-Chair, The Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform, has decided to host an event called Everything You Wanted to Know About Obamacare (But Didn't Know Who to Ask) at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. For those who don't know, that's  near Allentown, PA.  

Speakers include:
 -Former Rep. John Shadegg on Nuts and Bolts of Obamacare/Timeline of Implementation
-Dr. Nick Pandelidis, Docs 4 Patient Care, on How it Affects Taxpayers, Medicare, Medicaid and the Deficit
-PA State Rep Doug Reichley on How if Affects States and Efforts to Challenge It
-Sam Denisco, Director, Gov't Affairs PA Chamber of Business and Industry on How it Affects Workers, Job Creation and the Economy
-Dr. Richard Armstrong, Docs 4 PatientCare, on How it Affects Doctors, Access To and Quality Of Care
-Dr. Alieta Eck, Pres. AAPS on What Would Be Better Than Obamacare? 

There will also be breakout sessions and a Q&A with our speakers!!

If you are not local, we will have live streaming video the day of the event! 

The Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform
proudly presents a free Constitution Day Educational Workshop

Everything You Wanted to Know  About "ObamaCare"
(But Didn't Know Who to Ask)

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1 to 5 p.m.  (Doors open at Noon)

Gerald White Pavilion of the University Center
on the campus of DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034

Expert Presentations, Q&A, Breakout Sessions, Exhibits

Health care professionals, policy experts,
grassroots advocates, and legislative leaders
will explain how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),
also known as "ObamaCare," affects every American

Topics include:
The Nuts and Bolts of "ObamaCare"
How "ObamaCare" affects Personal Liberty, Health Insurance, H ealth Care Choice, and the Uninsured
How "ObamaCare" affects Families, Children, and Seniors
      How "ObamaCare" affects Medicare, Medicaid, Taxpayers,                 and the Deficit
How "ObamaCare" affects Businesses, Workers, Job Creation, and the Economy
How "ObamaCare" affects Doctors, Patients, Quality of Care, and Access to Care
How "ObamaCare" affects States
Efforts to Repeal and Replace "ObamaCare" and much more  

This event is sponsored by  
Docs 4 Patient Care (
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons - AAPS (
The Galen Institute (
Heritage Action for America (
Americans for Prosperity - Pennsylvania (
The Black Ribbon Project (
M.D. News (
V.S.A.S. Orthopaedics (
New World Aviation (
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (
Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network - PA-CAN (
The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights (
and the
Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform
Look for us on Meetup, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn! 

Live Streaming Video will be available - check our website for details

FREE and open to the public
Please reserve your free seat online:
or call toll free: 1-888-698-4111 (Line 1)

For more information, email
or call 1-888-698-4111 (Line 2)  

Please join the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Health Care Reform if you'd like to support ongoing efforts to educate the public and elected officials about the intended and unintended effects
 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "ObamaCare."


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  2. I could spent a lot of time here but let me sum it up: the PPACA will stifle business growth and discourage employers from offering healthcare or hiring skilled/full time employees. THAT is for ALL businesses - large and small, all categories. How do I know this? Because I've read it. That's not even touching on what it will do to many other aspects of healthcare (access, doctors, medical innovation) and the economy at large - affecting all of us - from vets to pet owners alike!

  3. Here is a link to an article that spells it out:

  4. Christine
    Thanks for placing this issue back on my intellectual radar.
    I know many people choose careers requiring years of initial and ongoing education yet the financial compensation fails to reward these endeavors. Although rap artists and baseball players make seven and eight figure incomes, the medical, social and education supports that assisted most in their formative years are not on a financial level playing field.
    Personally, I know I am doing God's work everyday and I know you are too. That is the life direction we need to travel.
    Watch for my email