Friday, September 14, 2012

Upcoming Forum: Understanding the Healthcare Debate

On Thursday, September 27th, Dr. C.L. Gray, a nationally recognized writer, speaker and board certified physician, will be hosting a healthcare forum in Cincinnati area to help educate Ohio voters on two of the most important issues facing the election – healthcare and how it relates to the economy.

Understand the debate and what is at stake
As a practicing physician who founded Physicians for Reform, Dr. Gray has developed a powerful, compelling presentation that goes beyond facts and figures and personalizes healthcare policy by looking at the origin of divergent worldviews that battle for the soul of our nation. Researching over 2,500 years of healthcare philosophies, he charts a chilling course of how the healthcare pendulum has swung from caring for the wellbeing of patients to looking out for the financial interests of the state. Dr. Gray masterfully ties this to our current healthcare law and economic situation, and explains what this means for patients.

Details about the Forum
Healthcare: The Endgame
Time/Date: Thursday, September 27th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Wingate by Wyndham & Meridian Conference Center, 7500 Tylers Place Boulevard, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Presentation will be in the Meridian I Room.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Why Healthcare?  Why Now?
In 2011, the Healthcare Freedom Amendment (Issue 3) passed in all 88 counties, proving that healthcare freedom is an important, winning issue in Ohio. We must use this issue to our advantage in the upcoming election to help voters understand what’s at stake, so they can make an informed decision in November.

Please join Dr. Gray for this informative, eye-opening presentation

Physicians for Reform along with Tea Party Patriots and 60 Plus Association are hosting these forums throughout the state. They are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Brighton

Physicians for Reform is a 501(c)4 non-profit, non-partisan, advocacy group designed to organize physicians, patients, and the business community in an effort to shape the nation’s healthcare debate. It seeks to keep the patient’s welfare the central focus of medicine, not the fluctuating interests of government. The organization was founded in December of 2006 by Dr. Gray.

A little more about Dr Gray:

Dr. C. L. Gray is a nationally known writer, speaker, and board certified physician practicing hospital-based medicine in western North Carolina. In 2006 he founded Physicians for Reform, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered healthcare. Gray’s current book, The Battle for America’s Soul, resulted from a decade spent in research and analysis of the history and philosophy of medical ethics. This book presents findings that link America’s present cultural divide with the practice of Post-Hippocratic medicine.

As one of the nation’s leading patient advocates, Dr. Gray was asked to write a plan to reform the US Healthcare system for one of the Presidential campaigns during the 2012 primary. His plan, Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Patient-Centered Fiscally Responsible Plan for Healthcare Reform, outlines one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive healthcare reform proposals in print today.

Dr. Gray wrote multiple national op-eds including two pieces specifically requested by FOX News covering President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address and a the high profile 2010 Healthcare Summit. With some 400,000 readers, Gray’s piece Why Doctors are Leaving Medicare became one of the most highly read opinion pieces FOX posted. Other op-ed’s appeared in The Washington Times, Investors Business Daily, The Washington Examiner, The Hill, and others. Gray has two scientific publications to his credit and has authored two books.

Gray’s research, writing, and unique voice as a practicing physician moved him onto the national stage as a widely sought public speaker. He spoke to tens-of-thousands of people at town-halls in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina during the summer of 2009. Invited to speak on the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol on September 12, 2009, Gray addressed the estimated 1.2+ million people at the Tea Party’s March on Washington.

Gray’s work now takes him to Washington and state capitals where Physicians for Reform has been tapped to help craft solutions to save Medicare and Medicaid from financial collapse. In 2010, physicians underwent the longest interruption of payments in Medicare’s history. In January of 2013 physicians will face a 30+ percent cut in Medicare reimbursement; this places seniors at risk as doctors abandon Medicare in record numbers. Nationwide nearly every state faced massive budget shortfalls when the federal Medicaid funding of the stimulus bill ran out. These dilemmas can only be solved through patient-centered, fiscally responsible reforms such as outlined by Physicians for Reform.

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