The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA, a.k.a. ObamaCare) is the biggest threat to health care quality and freedom since the formation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Although popular discontent continues (55% favor repeal, 17% believe quality will improve) the strength of general disapproval is critical to not just legislative repeal, but also remarkably to how the Supreme Court will eventually rule on the constitutionality of the law.
Essential to ridding ourselves of this massive usurpation of individual liberty is keeping alive a vigorous popular discontent with the law. This should not be that difficult since more people know about and understand the intent and consequences of this law, the less they like it.
So let’s talk tactics. How can you keep the topic alive and spread information? One well known tool in America is the use of “awareness ribbons.” Pink for breast cancer. Yellow for supporting our troops. And now, a black ribbon in conjunction with a caduceus for the healthcare freedom of patients and doctors. This ribbon is to raise awareness of the recent damage our government has caused to health care freedom and the integrity of the doctor-patient relationship. Under the new laws (PPACA), physicians will be compelled to base their advice and treatment on politically determined goals, even when in conflict with the best interest of their individual patients.
The Black Ribbon Project, started by Dr. Beth Haynes, MD following the passage of the new health control law, is dedicated to making the freedom of choice for both doctors and patients the central guiding principle of American health care policy. Over two thousand ribbons have been distributed. Two major free market physicians’ organizations, Docs 4 Patient Care and the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons have adopted the ribbon as a symbol of the sanctity of the private doctor-patient relationship. Additionally, The Black Ribbon Project is coordinating efforts with several other well-established organizations including the Benjamin Rush Society, the Galen Institute, Freedom and Individual rights in Medicine (FIRM)—and now, Students For Liberty.
Wear the ribbon to invite inquiry and start conversations. Keep the issue alive and help rid us of this scourge upon our liberty. Visit the BRP website to find out how you can obtain ribbons and get involved!
This article was written by Beth Haynes MD, Founder and President of the Black Ribbon Project.