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Petition to Robert Califf MD, Peter Lurie, Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray, Larry C. Gilstrap III, M.D., Bob Casey Jr., Jeff Shuren MD, Sybill Storz, Managing Director, Hal Lawrence, William Maisel MD, Donald J. Trump

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.

Friends of the Public, Many women have been harmed and have died prematurely or unnecessarily because of a routine but avoidable gynecological practice known as MORCELLATION. This world-wide practice has devastated many families for well over two decades now. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are done in the US every year. By the age of 70, one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. About 90% of these surgeries are done for what is presumed to be a benign condition called fibroids. More and more of these surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques.  Usually, to get the uterus out of the body using the "minimally invasive" technique, it is cut into small pieces with a machine called a morcellator.  However, a devastating problem happens if in fact the woman did NOT have fibroids – but if she actually had cancer.  Unfortunately, the tests that are done before a hysterectomy do not identify these cancers well.  Many gynecologists don't even bother getting any tests. In fact, morcellating cancer spreads the cancer inside the woman’s body.   This is called ‘up staging’ the cancer.  It is important to understand: 1) The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months. 2) Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years. 3) Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated.  This is an avoidable disaster. This problem has been recognized for more than two decades.  A review of the literature, by the Food and Drug Administration, revealed that 1 in 350 women who go for fibroid surgery actually have sarcoma.  This means that everyday 2-5 women in the US – and more around the world are susceptible to having a deadly cancer spread because of morcellation. This catastrophic problem has happened in my family and we are fighting to stop this dangerous activity called morcellation.  A chance of 1 in 350 for such a devastating outcome is much too high to accept.  Women should be told the truth and the practice should stop. Please help us bring an end to spreading cancer with morcellation.  This is a totally AVOIDABLE practice.  People need to understand their options, which include hysterectomy through a mini-lapartomy incision or trans-vaginally – but – up until recently, most women never heard anything about morcellation or about the possibility of cancer upstaging. And, if they do, this risk is down-played by most minimally invasive gynecologists. We can tell you based on our experience, when cancers are spread by morcellation, the outcomes can be devastating - because the cancer is upstaged. We need your help. Please sign our petition so we can get the word out.  We want the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to change this "standard of care" by ending the needless waste of life caused by spreading cancer with morcellation. For more information and original references see: http://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=188 ) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23189178) (also see:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21565389). The attached video below shows an example of morcellation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPkKw0j-aXE The following companies manufacture and distribute uterine morcellator devices: 1) ETHICON: Gynecare morcellator 2) Storz: Rotocut Morcellator 3) Richard Wolf Medical Instrumentation Company 4) LiNA: LiNA Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator 5) Blue Endo MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator 6) Pneumoliner Power Morcellation System by Olympus Corporation. Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Robot deserves special mention, as the frequency of robotic hysterectomies performed by minimally invasive gynecologists is currently on the rise across the United States. Note that Intuitive Surgical builds and markets the DaVinci robot, which is not itself a "morcellator". However, use of the DaVinci robot almost invariably appears to require that the uterus be minced up, or morcellated, into smaller pieces inside the woman's belly cavity in order to extract from the abdomen. A clear example is shown in the following YouTube video of DaVinci being used to perform a robotic hysterectomy and manually morcellating the uterus using the endo-wrist component of the robot (morcellation is being performed at minute 5:30 of the video).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6luiX6UQmg  Without morcellation using equipment manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, robotic hysterectomies would, likely, not be possible using the DaVinci Robot. It is noteworthy that the DaVinci robot does not appear to have a readily available warning label advising against its use to morcellate tumors with malignant potential inside the body. The company's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Myriam Curet, a surgeon herself, has been informed and advised of this severe hazard in the use of DaVinci for robotic hysterectomy and the absence of a readily available warning label.

Hooman Noorchashm
93,436 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Jay Inslee

"Hastening Death is Murder"

Gloria had greatly improved at UWMC and was looking forward to going home, Several days after this picture was taken PeaceHealth Hospital and Whatcom County emergency responders murdered her by puncturing her internal jugular vein.. A month earlier PeaceHealth St. Joseph's Hospital Risk Management employees "forced" her to sign an illegal medical directive that authorized a hidden "DNR" when she was drugged and incompetent, according to an affidavit by an eyewitness who testified she saw three women force Gloria to sign the paper when Gloria was unable to recognize her own friend. The illegal directive authorized two doctors to issue an illegal DNR without informed consent and employees to witness her signature on an incompetent patient, both crimes for abetting a suicide and punishable for murder. Responders claim they were never told about a DNR or that the husband was going to shoot them, despite a report by a Bellingham Police Detective who was in the hospital that day reporting that the alleged death threats to hospital employees by Mr. Brown to hospital employees was investigated and found to be "erroneous" when suddenly an ER nurse blurted out she just told responders that Mrs. Brown was DNR and the husband was going to shoot the responders.That's conclusive proof the responders knew of the DNR and that the husband was going to shoot them yet Whatcom County Prosecutors refuse to investigate because they know the lies about Mr. Brown go back to a case where the prosecutor and Judge Elich lied about Mr. Brown and used an infamous canadian goldrobber to testify that Mr. Brown hit him in the head in on the day Mr. Brown's seven year old granddaughter was lured into a stranger's apartment and despite the stranger telling a deputy that the child was sleeping over in his condo with his children, he had one two year girl, the deputy didn't think to ask him if he had permission from the parents, the Whatcom Sheriff's Department never told the parents or call Child Protective Services. PeaceHealth security collected that false  information and with the fainting episode used them as an opportunity to get rid of their criminal and civil liability after Peacehealth was caught lying to UWMC. PeaceHealth had told Skagit and UWMC that Gloria was in excruciating pain and dying fro leukemia. UWMC Ethics Committee did their own tests and found that Gloria was never in excruciating pain or dying from leukemia, that meant all the deadly fluorides, steroids and morphine that crippled her legs and made it so she could not breath without oxygen was all unnecessary and without them and the murdering responders, Gloria would still be alive Hospital Security told responders not to help her and they never bothered to ask me if the illegal DNR was valid or not. PH had also initiated Comfort Care without informed consent and administered deadly double effect drugs without informed consent that crippled Gloria and made it so she could not breath, she was walking and driving when she first went to their wound center for a small wound from tripping on a stair. We ran across a woman doctor Jeannie Crews who Gloria called vindictive after she called adult protective services on us after the second visit. They kept us captives for 12 days, I brought her to UWMC where they also began with the opiods, I told them I wanted them to stop. The UWMC Ethics Committee got involved and they did their own tests and discovered Gloria was not in excruciating pain and dying from leukemia.as they were told by PeaceHealth, that meant all the deadly double effect Comfort Care drugs they administered that made it so she could move her legs or breath without oxygen was all unnecessary. A week after leaving UWMC after she improved greatly after being off the opiods we were looking forward to going home. One week later at home she was trying to move and fainted. I called responders who arrived and then turned and walked out. I had to put her on the gurney myself, responders claim she died in the home, yet her heart beat for 35 minutes while they sat on the street for 40 minutes with the ER only 20 minutes away, all together taking an hour. When she didnt die after responders who told she was DNR and that the husband was going to shoot the responders, a responder punctured my wife's internal jugular vein and has refused to admit they went near it despite the UWMC autopsy, The state DOH is also covering the crime. The alleged death threats had been investigated by Bellingham Police and found to be erroneous. Despite the responders claiming there wasn't anything unusual about the run and that they were never told about the DNR and death threats, the detective was in the hospital reporting on alleged threats made to hospital employees reported by the hospital and the detective wroted that the ER nurse and Hospital Security blurted out to him that they just told responders not to resuscitate Mrs. Brown because she had a DNR and that the husband was going to shoot the responders, in addition to the previous hospital employees. They haven't a leg to stand on, even the emergency responders association in washington who said they don't kill people said in this case to go gettum, they don't want people like that in their group. Doctor Jennie Crews told Gloria she would die if she didn't take one hydrea HU a day and hid the fact her blood counts went up as a result of the infection to make it appear it was caused by not following her directions. Gloria self medicated for thirty years and oncologists in california told her to keep doing what she was doing, gloria knew from experience if she took one hydrea a day she'd bleed out as she did once accidently and I told the doctor she wouldn't, Crews reported me to APS. Peacehealth Wound center caused Gloria an infection after debriding a quarter size wound on her lower leg to supposedly make it heal faster. Doctor Sury changed the wound center prescription from keflex to cipro which immediately made it so she could not walk, it attacked her tendons, made her legs swell and made her very sick to her stomach. We went to the hospital for something for her stomach pain because gloria didn't want to go to Crews, she called her vindictive. ER tried to get Gloria to agree to a DNR which she refused, a Dr. Bree Johnston, not an oncologist but palliative care doctor, refused to take no for an answer and boldly stated in the medical record the families beliefs were strange, that she'd come back when Gloria was thinking straight. Three days later they committed a criminal act and forced us by lying and telling us a medical directive was for full resuscitation as we asked for. They tricked me into returning to the business office and knocked her out with opiates, nurses starting saying she was in excruciating pain and dying. Without advising us of their plan, they began comfort care that I discovered later is part of the double effect euthanasia slippery slope agenda, it's claimed that once it's initiated nothing can stop it until they kill the person. Without telling us what they were injecting they admnistered deadly steroids and fluorides dexamethasone, predisone, levaquin, cipro and morphine that made it so she couldn't walk or breath without 24 hour oxygen. Several days later risk management employees came in with a medical directive for full resuscitation which I requested. I was told I could not sign because I was a spouse. Never dreaming it had anything to do with a DNR I didn't pay to much attention, in fact I trusted the woman because it appeared she was doing us a favor by getting the papers together so fast for full resuscitation which I appreciated, meanwhile everyone was told to stand in the hall as they moved furniture into the room. I learned from the eyewitness several years later that she saw them actually force Gloria to sign it, it suddenly made sense why they had to force the medical directive was because it was not just for full resuscitation but for a DNR that would overrule full resuscitation by allowing doctors to initiate a DNR without informed consent, we'd been tricked, it was illegal in other ways, it was forced and witnessed by hospital employees, both illegal for abetting suicide and punishable for murder. Since directive was for a life and death decision and I had power of attorney, they should have involved husband in the decision. They staged a state of confusion at the same time, a dozen people came in all at once, everything in the room was moved down the hallway to another room, even the bed and furniture. A friend of Gloria's witnessed gloria was drugged and incompetent and forced to sign by risk management employees, according to her affidavit. We finally were allowed to leave against medical advice and I brought Gloria to UWMC where they did their own tests and their ethics committee discovered Gloria was not in excruciating pain or transferred over to leukemia as they were told by St. Josephs, that meant all the deadly regiment of comfort care drugs for excruciating pain that PeaceHealth administered to her without informed consent was all completely unnecessary, without those double effect comfort care drugs and the DNR and the murderous emt's, my wife would still be alive and able to walk and breath without 24 hour oxygen. Gloria asked to sign a medical directive at UWMC for full resuscitation and doctors recognized she greatly improved and was competent to make her own decisions yet the state registry for updating a DNR for the new directive apparently was never updated or responders never bothered to check. Irregardless whatcom responders had an obligation to help gloria, the state EMT Association told me that the only way they cannot help a person is if there is a POLST form, in fact they said to go after them, they only save lives, they don't murder people. Gloria improved greatly at UWMC and we came home, Gloria was extremely upset with not be able to move her legs and fainted at home, I called responders never dreaming what they would do, PeaceHealth told responders she was DNR and that husband was going to shoot responders. Responders refused to help and walked out, husband had to put his wife on the gurney by himself, remaining two responders were unable to lift her. Ambulance sat in back of the complex for 40 minutes with emergency room 20 minutes away, taking an hour to arrive at hospital. Her heart had beat for 35 minutes despite report saying they witnessed her expire in the home, when she didn't die they stabbed her, then allegedly administered CPR half way to hospital 50 minutes later. One might ask why they even bothered after their fatal puncture wound, what could have inspired responders to murder an innocent woman instead of helping her when they first arrived? She had a PICC placed by UWMC just a week earlier and responders had no reason whatsoever to go near the internal jugular vein, it would be redundant and proves she was intentionally murdered. Authorities in Whatcom County Washington refused to investigate her murder. Bellingham Police had previously investigated the alleged death threats and found they were erroneous.  Gloria had refused PeaceHealth attempts to sign a DNR, a palliative care doctor refused to accept her choice and said the couple had strange beliefs, that she'd return when patient was thinking straight. PeaceHealth kept us twelve days, would not let us leave or tell us what they were administering, only repeating that Gloria was in excruciating pain and dying. They began comfort care which I've learned is nothing more than a regiment of deadly double effect drugs and morphine, without permission, which crippled her and made it so she could not breath. It was all caused by one woman doctor who Gloria called her vindictive for calling APS when we refused to follow her directions. Gloria self medicated for thirty years and this new doctor didn't like to be reproached by a couple who challenged her authority. They even said she'd never leave alive but when she didn't die they had to allow us to leave against medical advice, we ended up at UWMC. Doctors there began doing the same with opiates, I asked them to stop, their ethics committee got involved, at midnight their ethics chairman told me they did their own tests and discovered Gloria was not in excruciating pain or dying from leukemia as reported by Peacehealth, it was all lies, it meant all the deadly crippling drugs were unnecessary, without PH lies, crippling drugs and false death threats by hospital security that caused responders to brutally kill her, she'd be with me. Statutes require a hospital to secure legitimate mandatory informed consent before initiating a Do Not Resuscitate order, it's a patient's only safeguard against involuntary euthanasia aka murder by doctors for nefarious reasons.  According to state EMT association, responders had a duty to help her, not walk out, they cannot refuse to help a person unless there's a POLST form, anything else, especially a puncture wound to the internal jugular vein and then covering it up, is murder. Hospital security told responders husband was going to shoot them, that was found to be erroneous by Bellingham Police, made up by hospital security and risk management to make the waters murky for the husband if he sued over lies about excruciating pain.   CONNECTION TO WHATCOM COUNTY, THEIR HOSPITAL AND OUR SEVEN YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER’S CASE PeaceHealth Hospital Risk management knew we could sue them for lying to UWMC Ethics committee about excruciating pain and leukemia so they decided to kill her by telling responders she had a DNR and that the husband was going to shoot responders, figuring responders would do exactly as they planned and take out vengeance towards the wife for their false accusations about the husband, which happened exactly as planned, by murdering the wife and covering up a puncture wound to her internal jugular vein, exactly as planned. Hospital security used lies to the responders, to make me look like a bad character, from detective Cooley's interview with Carol Klander regarding my seven year old granddaughter Kayla, Klander was the woman that picked up Kayla at the child's home that day, supposedly for a sleeepover at her condo with her own granddaughter Onaka. Klander lied to Detective Cooley, yet the detective refused to talk about the incident with the grandfather or the parents, instead reporting only that Klander told him Kayla's mother told her she’d never leave Kayla around the grandfather when he was drinking. The problem with Klander's story is the fact the grandfather was a longhaul truck driver who was never around his family for the seven years, in fact, he supplied three pics to the U.S. Court of Appeals on his wife’s murder, one of the grandfather with Kayla the day she was born, and two other pics when the grandfather stopped with his truck for a few minutes to say hello and snap a picture. Klander also lied in court and said Kayla did not stay at her home that night, the only alternative then, was that Kayla slept at Peter Girouards condo, which coincides exactly with what Girouard told the sheriff deputy. The deputy knew my granddaughter went missing and that I went looking for her and wanted the deputy to find her and talk with her yet he returned without her and never told us what Girouard had just told the deputy, that Kayla was at his home for a sleepover. Why didn't the deputy ask Girouard right then if he had permission from the parents, that would have ended the whole situation, instead the deputy came back and told me, grandparents don't have a right to see their grandchildren in Washington state, yet a total stranger does? I found later Whatcom county was sued in another case, Lewis v. Whatcom County, and had to pay eight million after it was discovered Whatcom sheriffs department knew a little girl was being raped and they did nothing about it and left the child in the worse case scenario according to the Appeals Court. Whatcom County didn't want it to happen again, that's why they had to make up the false accusations and use an infamous canadian criminal to accuse me of hitting him. Sheriff Elfo, Prosecutor MacEachern and Judge Elich made up the scenario and the false accusations about the grandfather. Kayla's case was never investigated, sheriff should have immediately called in child protective services to question the child luring suspect. Whatcom county did wrong, now whatcom prosecutor MacEachern refuses to investigate my wife's death, he and whatcom county Sheriff Elfo know they spread false accusations in my granddaughters case and covered up a luring suspect just to avoid another lawsuit for leaving a child in, what the Appeals Court called, "a worse case scenario".  Whatcom county sheriffs department and whatcom prosecutor's office, used an infamous canadian goldrobber name Richard W. Grenkow who stole millions of dollars of gold bullion from Air Canada back in the 60’s as their star witness to fabricate false accusations about allegedly hitting their star witness. They lied to both the state court of appeals and supreme court, NO. 89918-5 State of Wa. V Robert Finbar Brown, a footnote of page 5 by the clerk of court caught the lie wherein the Whatcom prosecutor stated that the goldrobber witness Richard grenkow never testified, yet both courts dismissed my personal restraint petition. Judge Lasnik of the District Court Western Division Seattle No. C14-1763RSL dismissed case stating I had to have charges dismissed before anything, as I’d already mentioned there’s new evidence discovered that sheriffs falsified evidence that can change the federal courts mind and possibly allow criminal ruling to be dismissed and to go forward on civil rights fraud. The stranger was allowed in court to say he never told the deputy what was written in the police report, they all were allowed to perjure their testimonies, it's in the police report, you'd presume they can't change that, it's apparently why they used Judge Elich who was related to the deputy who allowed the deputy to testify last and commit perjury by changing what he wrote in his police report and sit throughout the entire trial so he could hear everything and not trip himself up, it proves the law can indict a ham sandwich, especially if you have the criminals and the judge all working together against you. The last words to the jury from Judge Elich was when he argued with my defense lawyer and told the jury they’d know who was telling the truth. Two months after the luring incident the whatcom prosecutor accused me of hitting one of the guys outback, they used a canadian criminal who robbed air canada of millions in gold bullion to falsely accuse me of assaulting him, the judge was related to the deputy and they all lied to the jury, later when I appealed prosecutors also lied to the state court of appeals and the state supreme court, telling them their canadian criminal witness never testified in court, huge lie to a higher courts means they really had something to hide so I could not get a discretionary review, this is according to a footnote by the clerk of the Supreme court yet the court dismissed my appeal. Their goldrobber victim testified I was drunk at 5 pm, hitting people, wandering around our condo complex banging and kicking doors. Later, Congresswoman DelBene requested my crossing records from CIC and uncovered the fact I was in Canada all day, didn't get home to around 6 pm and arrested at 7 pm. I was never told about accusations of being drunk until the trial, otherwise I could have gotten my records for the day, they did it so whatcom county could be cleared of leaving a child with a stranger. Their stories grew, I appealed the fact they failed to tell me of their goldrobber's past record, a Brady violation, that deprived me of my right to cross examine him for truthfulness, the whatcom prosecutor went as far as lying to both court of appeals and supreme court. These lies in a small community by hospital security and risk management to cover what they did to Gloria by lying about her condition to UWMC ended with the accusations that I was going to shoot responders, the story they told responders had to be something tremendously awful if a responder would take out such hatred on an innocent woman. The Board of Health investigator has recently changed it's mind and summoned a responder for questioning, yet with proving all essential elements of the crime of murder yet they claim they were no violations.   The State of Washington, the Governor, Whatcom County Responders and it's Sheriffs dept, it's prosecutor, medical examiner, board of health and Pope Francis refuse to admit liability for the crime and Gloria's death. State employees are violating the sanctity of life they swore to enforce and it proves Death with Dignity and Natural Death statutes in Washington state have quickly evolved from voluntary suicide to involuntary suicide as was foretold by opponents years ago. Conversely, the State of Washington fought against death by assisted suicide back in Glucksberg in 1997, now they may have to explain to the Federal Court of Appeals or the Supreme why they've changed their minds. No court can ever condone death by comfort care double effect deadly drugs, withholding of emergency medical assistance or intentional murder of a person. The Court should find in such an egregious case, where one life is lost needlessly by involuntary euthanasia under color of law, it's one life to many, death statutes have to be revoked. If not, case could be certed to the Supreme Court on whether involuntary euthanasia under color of law is legal in a voluntary euthanasia state, Mr. Gorsuch could be the crucial vote in banning euthanasia forever. Thank You, Bobby Brown  bobbynorthlake@gmail.com https://www.gofundme.com/HasteningDeathIsMurder        

Bobby Brown
75 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, John Carter, American Citizen Services Ambassador Barbara A. Leaf, American Citizen Services Deputy Chief of Mission Steven C. Bondy, Amercian Citizen Services Consul General Paul R. Malik

Please Help to Bring Our Father Back Home from the UAE

My family and I are desperately needing help to bring our father back home from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has been detained by the Abu Dhabi International Airport police. My father and my brother were returning home from their “Father and Son” trip from Bangkok, Thailand. They had an 11-hour flight layover at the Abu Dhabi International Airport before being able to head back home to Dallas/Fort Worth. They decided to have a short night tour in Abu Dhabi before checking in for their final destination to come back home. When my father and my brother were going through the U.S. PreClearance, my father was randomly selected for the “Secondary Security Screening Selection”. At that time, my father was separated from my brother because the authorities would not allow my brother to stay, and so he proceeded through US Customs and Immigration. My brother was able to call my father, and this was when he had found out he was being detained due to him taking a video of the authorities searching through his bags. He filmed them to leave evidence as to how he was being treated. Unknowingly to him, this is serious crime in the UAE and he meant no ill intent or harm. We offer our deepest apologies to the UAE government and authorities.  Currently, we do not know where our father is located, or if he’s safe. He has health issues from high blood pressure and scoliosis. He also may have a fractured rib due to a fall from a mountain biking excursion in Thailand. He’s in a tremendous amount of pain from it.  We have also contacted the U.S. Embassy many times in Abu Dhabi, but we are getting nowhere at the moment due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please help us to bring our father back home safely.  Please bring awareness to our situation by sharing our story, and signing the petition. Donations are appreciated at: www.youcaring.com/josephlee NBC News 5 Link: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Man-Arrested-for-Using-Cell-Phone-in-Security-at-Abu-Dhabi-Airport-459458793.html Sincerely, Elaine Strathern and Jonathan Lee

Elaine Strathern
885 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump

End Predatory Healthcare Pricing

I recently served as president of a Miami hospital and got an insider’s view of the healthcare system. The lack of “legitimate” healthcare pricing has destroyed the system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: “What insurance do you have?”  Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. Because billing rates are not set, the industry is able to prey on patients at their most vulnerable. And if you are out of network or uninsured, you pay the highest rates. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Price transparency initiatives are futile when prices may vary by a factor of 100 for the exact same service performed by the same provider. To stop the bleeding, Congress need only require that healthcare providers publish “legitimate pricing” which means, they can continue to set their own rates, but - a different rate for each patient - must be prohibited. Rates must be published in a uniform format such as industry standard CPT codes or a percentage of Medicare rates. Every citizen would be empowered to search any medical procedure online and see pricing for all providers within X miles. It would be as easy and familiar as checking the price of any other goods or services. Legitimate prices mean networks will be obsolete, along with the administrative burdens, tremendous costs, and limitations on patient choice which they impose. Reducing healthcare costs is the only way to materially lower health insurance premiums. Legitimate pricing will force providers to compete. Costs and therefore insurance premiums will plummet overnight. But if we keep the status quo, we will continue to see rising prices and outrage over medical bills. We shouldn’t have a system that makes us so powerless. To reverse our nation’s financial bleeding and end restrictions on patient choice, we petition for the President-Elect's support for Congress to empower citizens by mandating legitimate healthcare pricing.

STEVEN I. WEISSMAN, A Former Hospital President
112,269 supporters