First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

The President's Cousin Explains Why His Hippocratic Oath Requires Him to Oppose ObamaCare
  • On Sale: Apr 19, 2011
  • ISBN: 9780062094261
  • Format: EPUB

“I’m proud to call Barack Obama my cousin and I hold no personal animosity toward him. Our visions for America are simply at odds. He apparently believes that our greatness lies in our growing welfare state…I believe our greatness is found in our freedom to make our own lives and serve each other, and I cannot stand idly by while this fundamental promise of liberty is under assault….”

The discussion what role—if any—the government should play in regulating and dictating the delivery of health care in the United States has become ground zero in the much larger age-old struggle between statism and individual liberty. Personifying this struggle is the conflict between the big government schemes of President Barack Obama and the free market principles of the President's own cousin, the private practice physician Milton R. Wolf, M.D. When Barack Obama and Dr. Milton Wolf met for the first time in May 2010, it marked the beginning of a new phase in this all-American family feud. In this work, Dr. Wolf takes the gloves off and describes the results of decades of government intervention in health care, the disastrous doubling down on failure of ObamaCare and finally the alternative free market reforms that will save our system and ultimately our nation.

An excerpt from First, Do No Harm

I’m proud to call Barack Obama my cousin and I hold no personal animosity toward him. Our visions for America are simply at odds. He apparently believes that our greatness lies in our growing welfare state, and he seeks to expand its power to provide what he calls social and economic justice to more and more Americans. I believe our greatness is found in our freedom to make our own lives and serve each other, and I cannot stand idly by while this fundamental promise of liberty is under assault, particularly in the enormously consequential and deeply personal context of our health care system.

As a patriotic American, my loyalty is to freedom; and as a physician, I have taken an oath to care for my patients. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to stand up and try to prevent them from transforming America into a second-class, European-style social welfare state.

When I was a boy, I recall my father bemoaning the fact that he was forced to raise his clinic visit charge from twenty to twenty-six dollars. He worried that the increased burden might prevent some patients from seeking the care they needed. So I asked him why he did it. I didn’t fully understand him at the time, but his answer then expressed the same fundamental view of the relationship between government and health care that I have come to share through many years of practice. And I have often repeated his words in exasperated moments, trying to explain why certain treatments and tests aren’t available, or to comply with regulations that serve no patient: “That’s your government working for you.”

Milton Wolf

Dr. Milton Wolf is a member of a private radiology practice in Overland Park, Kansas. He is also President Obama's second cousin. Several of his op-eds on health care have been featured in the Washington Times.