Available for Interviews: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is the author of Universal Death Care: A Solution for Healthcare in the Age of Entitlement. Dr. Anderson was a combat doctor in Iraq and has since run a successful medical clinic in the U.S. He wrote this book because he is tired of profit-driven policies that don’t support American’s health. For this reason, Anderson has dedicated his life to changing healthcare in America.
What Dr. Anderson Can Say in an interview on
How our Healthcare Is a Monopoly:
Large insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies are responsible for the way healthcare is in America today. By lobbying and buying laws that benefit them, they have effectively taken ownership of healthcare in America. Dr. Reagan B. Anderson explains how patients have little control over what is or isn’t covered by their insurance plans and how these companies have rendered the democratic process largely useless.
- Most of us don’t really understand how medicine works and how it got to this point. But you have a contract with your health insurance company whether that it is with Blue Cross or Medicare, etc., you have a contract with them. And your provider—the people giving you medicine—they have their own contract with that insurance company. And the two? They’re not related. But because it is so hard for you to talk to your insurance company and get them to explain something, that leaves you out in the cold. And it’s even worse because they explain something and say you don’t qualify for this, or you can’t have that, what do you do?
- What happens is people call their doctors pleading that they need help which is frustrating to doctors who are not the insurance companies—we don’t have the power or authority to make these decisions for them. Yet we try to be an intermediator and negotiate on our patients’ behalf, often with little success. This is because the more unsuccessful doctors and patients are, the more money insurance companies make.
- Because Industry and Big Insurance have gotten so big, neither the doctor nor the patients have a voice anymore. We don’t have a voice because big insurance and big companies have bought the laws that have taken us to this point.
- This is a place where industry just isn’t held accountable. When is the last time we heard of a big health insurance company being sued with a class-action lawsuit because they are denying prescriptions to be covered or denying need procedures to happen? We don’t.
- Just do a quick Google search and discover how much money is being spent on healthcare lobbying and you’ll be astounded! And it’s probably no surprise that with about 18% of our gross domestic product in this country going to healthcare in this country, there’s a huge amount of money in lobbying.
- Let’s look at the last quarter of 2019. Big pharma spent about $6.5 million so that they could influence congress to not lower the prices of prescription drugs. It’s crazy, but Congress complied and did not lower prices even though they are astronomical—and even though the US spends twice what all other developed nations do for each individual pill purchased. But Congress didn’t think it was in the country’s best interest to lower prescription drug prices, even though the rest of the world is about a 50-60% break on what they pay for the exact same thing.
- When democracy can be bought, it is not a democracy anymore. When our great republic can be bought, it’s not a democracy, it’s an oligarchy. The problem is that with these lobbyists, with this massive amount of money that’s being piled over into Congress and then Congress votes based on how much they’re going to get. We have then given the power to companies. We haven’t elected these companies. They shouldn’t have that legislative control, but they have bought it. The power that should be in our politician’s back pocket (pun intended), is no longer there. It’s whoever pays the most and helps get the politician to get reelected.
- And that creates a monopoly system. A monopoly where all of Big Pharma, all of the insurance companies lobby to get what they want to be passed to our detriment. This is one of the reasons why medicine is disintegrating in this country. This can’t continue. The only way this will stop is if you and I start voting who we deserve. And we deserve people who will represent us and help our health, not destroy a system for whoever pays the most money.
- There is no “fiscally conservative” America. There is no “socially responsible” America. There is a United States of America. If we become united and stop the flagrant buying of laws so that industry can make tons of money we can achieve the healthcare that we need and deserve. If we don’t put our foot down we will never be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Once we get educated on these crucial issues then we have the knowledge to be empowered and act.
Interview: Dr. Reagan B. Anderson
Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Anderson moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he attained his Bachelor of Science and Biology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College. Dr. Anderson was then invited to attend the founding Osteopathic Medical School, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Upon matriculation, Dr. Anderson was commissioned in the United States Navy where he spent the majority of his time serving the United States Marine Corps as the First Reconnaissance Battalion Surgeon. Dr. Anderson states, “Over the five years I spent in the U.S. Navy, it was my distinct honor to serve the medical needs of the military men and women of our great country. This experience, particularly my tours in Iraq where I treated U.S. and coalition military members as well as Iraqi civilians, gave me extensive experience in recognizing and treating the underlying causes of dermatologic conditions.”
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