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When: Aug 1, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Arkansas COS Town Hall

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Sen Gary Stubblefield

Dairy farmer from Branch. He graduated from the University of Arkansas where he played on the Razorback football team. He and his wife Kathi have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. Gary serves in the Arkansas Senate representing District 6. Prior to his election to the Senate in 2013, Gary served in the Arkansas House, representing the District 67 from 2011 to 2013. Gary was the Senate sponsor of the Convention of States resolution in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, when it finally passed. Gary’s unwavering commitment to COS and his persistent efforts to win his colleagues support was instrumental to Arkansas becoming the 13th state to pass the Convention of States resolution!

 

Rep Austin McCollum

Finance and business analyst from Bentonville. Austin was elected to the Arkansas House in 2017, representing District 95. He currently serves as the Republican Majority Leader. Austin was the House sponsor of the Convention of States resolution that passed in 2019. Just a couple of days prior to the vote, we were short of the 51 votes needed to pass. Austin worked tirelessly to secure the necessary support from House colleagues and gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House urging the adoption of the COS resolution!

 

Rep Marcus Richmond

Grew up on a cattle/dairy farm in Scott County Arkansas. He joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17 and, after graduating from Arkansas Tech, accepted a commission as a second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He served 22 years as an infantry officer, retiring as a Lt. Col. Marcus coached football at the college level in Virginia before coming home to Arkansas where he coached high school athletics at Mansfield. He then became president/CEO of America’s Pet Registry. Marcus and his wife Susan have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Marcus served as State Representative for District 21 for six years and served as Majority Leader in 2019 when Convention of States passed on the fourth attempt. His active support of COS as the Majority Leader was critical to the passage of our resolution!

 

Rep Brandt Smith

From Jonesboro is a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 58. He served as Majority Whip during the 2019 session and was critical behind the scenes in building support for passage of the COS resolution. Brandt has a B.A. in applied behavioral sciences, an M.A. in religion and education, and a Ph.D. in organization, management, and leadership. He is president of Brandt Smith Consulting & Associates and served as an associate professor at the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University. Brandt served in Iraq as a GS15 under TRADOC/21 embedding with several brigades and battalions conducting intelligence/information gathering for his commanders. He was awarded a Bronze Star. Brandt and his wife Gailia have two sons and two daughters.

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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