The American Medical Association (AMA), the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its Political Action Committees, have a twisted concept of healthcare and if allowed to continue on their present course, will hinder and eliminate the availability of ALL patients, to see their chiropractor whenever they want. Let me explain.
Back in 1963, the AMA formed a Committee on Quackery as a way to try to destroy the profession of Chiropractic. The AMA boldly stated in an “internal memoranda” that its goal was to first contain and then eliminate, the profession of chiropractic. Several years later, in a land mark decision, “Wilk et al v AMA et al”, the AMA was found to have engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” of members of the chiropractic profession. But apparently they didn’t learn their lesson. Now, the TMA’s PAC has been spreading lies again about a Dr. VanDeWalle, DC, who was running in a run-off election for the TX House. He lost that election, partly, I believe, because of the “quackery ads” that were ran by the TMA PAC just before the run-off took place. But why would the AMA do these things? Simple – MONEY, INFLUENCE and POWER!
Evidence from many trials and many research projects clearly demonstrate the superiority of chiropractic services in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions; going back as far as 1972 to present. Chiropractic care in the past, as well as today, is safe and much more cost effective than traditional medical doctors can provide. But Chiropractors aren’t the only ones being subjected to these tactics. The AMA has ongoing issues with nurse practitioners and physician assistants who would be able to deliver primary care, but like Chiropractors, are considered by the AMA as competitors in healthcare – Competitors for patients and the healthcare dollars they spend with their healthcare providers.
Why do I bring this to your attention? Simply because if the AMA wins in their attempt to label Chiropractors and other providers as “quacks” or in their efforts to control Chiropractors and other professionals, ALL citizens of Texas will lose their right to affordable and safe musculoskeletal care. Cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, evidence based and outcomes, are clearly evident and not contested. All citizens HAVE THE RIGHT, to utilize whatever healthcare delivery system they choose. But to continue to have the choice to receive Chiropractic care, might come down to the will of the people to speak up and be heard and tell the AMA that Chiropractic care is what they want and demand.
Dr. Bobbie Stowe, DC
Some information provided by George McAndrews, Esq.