Perry and the Texas State Medical Board

September 20, 2011
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sealThe HPV vaccine is not the only issue which ties Governor Perry to special interests and “dirty deals” in medicine.

Another scandal involves the Texas State Medical Board. Many people have wondered why the TMB has been able to harass integrative doctors so aggressively and in such an underhanded way. This too involves Perry quite directly.

Last year we reported on the allegations against the Texas State Medical Board from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. The AAPS charged the board with manipulation through anonymous complaints; conflicts of interest; violations of due process; breaches of privacy; and retaliation against those who speak out. We also reported on the board’s attacks on Dr. Bill Rea, a leading researcher and clinician in the field of environmental medicine and chemical sensitivity.

It was Governor Perry who made each and every appointment to the current Texas Medical Board, even reappointing six of them after the scandal broke.

In 2007, Perry reappointed Roberta Kalufut to the board, even though she was specifically charged in the AAPS lawsuit as follows: “[Kalufut] arranged for her husband to file anonymous complaints against other physicians, including her competitors in Abilene [and] worked inside the TMB, with other defendants, to discipline doctors based on anonymous complaints filed by her physician husband.” Kalufut resigned in 2008.

It might seem that ANH-USA is piling onto Perry. But we aren’t political partisans—we have no involvement in the GOP nomination process nor are we endorsing anybody. What we are concerned about is crony capitalism in medicine, which underlies the present medical system and leads to so many bad outcomes, including the legal suppression of integrative therapies, along with exorbitant costs, needless suffering, and unnecessary death.

It is clear to us that Gov. Perry is part of this problem, and voters need to understand that he doesn’t extend his professed small government stance to medicine. Indeed, his overall small government persona seems to be masking a bloated, big government approach to healthcare—one tightly allied with special interests.

14 Responses to “Perry and the Texas State Medical Board”

  1. This is worth saying, again. Freedom of Choice….Any other way is robbing us of USA Constitutional Rights…..Unless we put Medical Freedom in the Constitution, the time will come when Medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship…..to restrict the art of healing to one class of men, and deny equal privilege to others, will be to constitute the Bastille of Medical Service…… As such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a Republic. The Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for Medical Freedom……Benjamin Rash, M.D., The Surgeon General Continental Army, 1777 Signatory, Declaration of Independence..

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  2. Unless we put Medical Freedom in the Constitution, the time will come when Medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship…..to restrict the art of healing to one class of men, and deny equal privilege to others, will be to constitute the Bastille of Medical Service…… As such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a Republic. The Constitution of the Republic should make a special privilege for Medical Freedom……Benjamin Rash, M.D., The Surgeon General Continental Army, 1777 Signatory, Declaration of Independence.

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  3. Helen Allard says:

    Never forget George Bush and that nothing good comes outta Texas….we have already been here once why would we want to go again….it won’t be recession after Perry, it will be depression unlike the one that was suffered in 1928…..

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  4. I am afraid that the only constructive thought about Perry is that we should see to it that he is prosicuted for his disreguard for our health and welfare and see to it that he is removed from politics or any other arena in which he can do us harm.

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  5. Dewey Fish says:

    Oh Yea and before I forget… Vote Out EVERY Single Incumbent…
    Demand The Right Of Instant Recall From Office and Mandatory ONE TERM in office… Give A New Citizen His Chance to Govern at every election…
    That Includes You Rep… Maybe They Think They are Just Great… But Don’t Be Fooled as They are ALL THE SAME…
    Fact is Money Corrupts and Big Money Corrupts Bigger… Pass It On!

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  7. magoo says:

    I have forwarded this post to everyone in my contacts. Especially the ones I know to be Perry fans.

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  8. Suzanne says:

    He’ll make a terrible Prez.

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    • K Avendano says:

      WHY? How does this statement contribute to discussion? I am grateful for this site to expose ALL political issues. Don’t think for a moment it doesn’t happen on both sides of the aisle. Look at Imelt/GE and Obama crony-ism abounds

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      • Claudia says:

        I don’t believe that this article is attacking republicans. There are politicians from all sides who had a hand in attacking general health and naturopathy; often for the sake of biotechnology unfortunately. All of the presidents for the last 10 years (or more) had a hand in trying to promote toxicity knowingly or unknowingly. All we can do is continue to educate people and continue to fight for our health freedom. I hope the next president isn’t as hungry for power as many politicians these days are and he is more focused on trying to cultivate change.

        Politicians need to go back to basics and review what was sacred in the constitution; the document that our forefathers put forth to “ensure the blessings of liberty” and to ensure that furture generations hold to the integrity of a government that was created to be of the people, for the people and by the people.

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  9. Robert Wolpa says:

    I am not outraged at all. (Rick)Perry is anathema to ALL liberty-loving Americans!

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