Your health and how you care for your body is a matter of choice as a civilian; your choice – but not if you are in the military.

Why? Because back in 1847 educated medical doctors wanted to keep control over their health-care domain. In 1847, they formed the American Medical Association (AMA) to do just that. The AMA and the drug companies have controlled every facet of your health care since then.

Chiropractic doctors since 1895 have always had the same educational requirements and study the whole body just like medical and osteopathic doctors do. Yet, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which was developed by the federal government in the 1930s, with the assistance of the AMA, only listed medical and osteopathic doctors under the term “physicians.” Chiropractic doctors were placed under the next listing – limited scope of practice doctors, the optometrists, podiatrists and psychologists – as chiropractors.

1992 was the closest our troops ever came to having a choice in their health care when President George H.W. Bush signed into law the 1992 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (HR 5006).

Neither the Department of Defense (DoD) or Congress ever implemented this 1992 law. It was swept under the rug because the DoD moved on to other projects.

In 2008, Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer (R-MO), set out to rectify and change this never implemented 1992 law. He asked Dr. John Curtin, D.C., one of his constituents, to write a white paper for him regarding this problem so that he could present it to his fellow congressman. His presentation was stonewalled by, after the fact, cart before the horse thinking that the DoD had provided Congress!      

In order to be presented to Congress it needs a name. 1. Its name is “Our Active Duty Military Need a Choice in Health Care” Bill. 2. To get it passed into law will take the combined effort of many concerned citizens to: 1. Write to your congressman. Ask them to sponsor and or cosponsor this bill. 2. Also let your congressmen know they need to sponsor an appropriation to provide startup funds. 3. Also the DoD health care committee needs to put this at the top of their priority list now in order to get this accomplished. Please write them too! It will take many concerned citizens to make this happen. This will thwart the AMA’s efforts to keep our troops from having a choice.

Thank you for giving our troops this option.

Wallace Cole

Fergus Falls

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