“I just want to tell the government to slow down, get it right or don’t do it at all,” said Dr. Dan Windsor, the St. Louis-area addiction specialist who led the Million Med March rally on Saturday afternoon outside the St. Louis County Government Building in downtown Clayton. “We’re for health care reform, but responsible health care reform.”
One of at least 21 rallies held in cities across the country, the St. Louis event attracted more than 300 people — including physicians, nurses, other medical professionals, and ordinary citizens — who, like Windsor, favor the concept of health care reform but oppose the reforms contained in legislation now making its way through the U.S. Senate.
“We feel this is pretty irresponsible, very irresponsible to proceed in the dark of night, to put together 2,000-page bills with all the legalese in there that you can’t understand,” Windsor explained.
Pointing to words most people do understand (i.e., mandates, penalties, agencies, commissions, and programs), he summarized his feelings about the aforementioned legislation by saying, “It all sounds like a lot of bureaucracy that’s gonna be tough to get through for me to see my patients.”
Dr. Robert Wiele shared views surprisingly similar to those shared among members of the fast-growing tea party movement during the past year.
“Increased government involvement will not help anybody,” said Wiele, an emergency room physician with 27 years of professional experience. “It will not give more care, and it will be unaffordable.
“You only have to look to Massachusetts,” he continued. “Care has suffered, and they’re running out of money. It’s unsustainable.
“You can also look at our (Veterans Administration) system which is inefficient and has total government control. In fact, they even have protection from lawsuits, but can’t make it work efficiently.”
More important to Wiele, however, is his belief that it is unconstitutional to require people do or buy something.
“The idea of having to buy insurance or go to jail totally is unconstitutional and takes our liberties away,” he said.