When people think of Medicare, they usually think of the government health insurance program for seniors over age 65. They may even recall that the program also extends to the disabled who are under 65. Few, though, see it as a program that big business and their D.C. lobbyists can use to drive smaller competitors out of business.
Sidebar article toObamaCare: Rx for Crisis March 7, 2012 -- The incision Dr. Thomas Tkach makes into his patient’s knee is almost like clockwork. It is Friday morning, and within minutes Dr. Tkach will be doing a knee replacement on a patient who just happens to also be a physician. It is his fifth surgery of the day.
Sidebar article toObamaCare: Rx for Crisis   Editor’s Note: Dr. Eric Logan and First Presbyterian Hospital are pseudonyms, used at the request of the doctor interviewed for this article. The photos accompanying this article are stock photos.
 Editor's Note: The following is the text of a speech delivered by David Kelley at multiple venues in 1993-94. Its theme remains relevant today, especially with the advent of "Obamacare."
Editor's Note: This sidebar is part of " The Problem with ObamaCare ." June 2009 --I first met Dr. Alieta Eck at the Zarephath Health Center in New Jersey, a clinic she opened   with her physician-husband John in 2003 to provide free primary care to poor patients who do not have private insurance or access to government programs like Medicare.


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