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Two determined U.S. physicians have announced they are running for Senate with a sole intent: to repeal Obamacare.
"As a physician, I understand in a real, intimate way the damage Obamacare will do to medicine in South Dakota and the entire country," Dr. Annette Bosworth, a private practicing physician for 14 years in Sioux Falls, SD, told Money Morning.
The other physician-turned-Senate-hopeful is Dr. Alieta Eck of New Jersey.
The two doctors, located on opposite sides of the country, both agree Obamacare is exceeding its limit when it comes to dictating healthcare requirements. They say it's too pricey and it's ineffective.
"We are the canaries in the cage for what's about to unfold," Bosworth said.
Although they've both dedicated their lives to medicine, they see politics as the way to solve the looming Obamacare fiasco.
"Twenty-two years ago I swore off politics in favor of medicine. But now that medicine is being consumed by politics, I feel I have no choice but to step in," Bosworth explained. "I have three titles that I cherish. One is mother (to three sons), and one wife. The other is doctor. It's a privilege to practice medicine, and I take that very seriously."
Bosworth has three main reasons for wanting to repeal Obamacare:
- It's not sustainable. "Like many entitlement programs, the government is overreaching and micro-managing. The unintended consequence is a mushroom ahead."
- It's a tax on the country's already undeniably broken healthcare system. "The younger generation, and subsequent generations — our country's future — will feel the biggest impact. We have surrendered to Washington, DC that which should be in the hands of the local community. Physician leadership is key in healthcare reform. Obamacare has shattered the country's foundation."
- It makes sensitive information public. "I took an oath not to share private patient information. Now, under Obamacare, I will have to hand over confidential information to the government. That is not OK!"
As for her chances of winning the Republican Party's nomination for the South Dakota Senate in 2014, the 41-year-old doctor said, "The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I'm telling voters if they like what is going on in and coming out of Washington, vote accordingly. If you want something different in DC, vote for me."
Washington Bound to Repeal Obamacare
Also vying for a Senate seat in 2014, and also intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is Dr. Alieta Eck.
"Obamacare lit the political fire under me," Dr. Eck, a private practice physician with an office in Piscataway, NJ, and clinic in nearby Franklin Township, told Money Morning.