Whitney campaigns to end ObamaCare
John Whitley, a Kannapolis neurosurgeon and one of six announced Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional district brought his campaign to Monroe Tuesday, Dec. 13. Before a small group in the banquet room at the Brown Derby restaurant, Whitley laid out his campaign theme that centers around his opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ‘Obamacare’.
“The reason I put my name out there [as a candidate] was because of Obamacare,” Whitley said. “It’s pretty much my central plank. Because Obamacare reflects what’s wrong with government.”
Whitley questioned the constitutionality of Obamacare, relating that the law forces citizens to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty that exceeds the powers granted to the federal government.
“Obamacare shows us a continued over-reach by the federal government, in every aspect of our lives,” Whitley said.
Whitley criticized the thousand of regulations handed down each year by congress and the bureaucracy, making it difficult for doctors to continue to treat their patients. He highlighted the closeness of Jan. 1 2014, the date Obamacare goes into full effect.
“The legislation tells us physicians how we are to treat patients and if we don’t treat patients according to a specific guideline or algorithm,” Whitney said, “we won’t get paid.”
Whitley attributed the county’s poor job recovery to Obamacare, citing an estimated 800,000 jobs lost to the passage of the bill. He related conversations he has had with small business people who are reluctant to hire new employees because the don’t want to pay the penalties. Whitley spoke of a daycare provider who has the business to warrant hiring more employees but won’t in order to not exceed the 50 employee limit thereby having to submit to Obamacare.
Whitley is referring to the “Free-Rider” provision that forces an employer of 51 or more employees to pay an annual penalty of $2000 for each employee, if one employee elects the federal-subsided insurance program. The penalty applies to employees, excluding the first 30 or $42,000 per year for 51 employees.
Continuing with his objections to ObamaCare, Whitley said that he opposed the law that permits the federal government to collect and maintain confidential patient records on every American citizen.
“Hospitals are spending tremendous amounts of money to comply with the medical records requirement.” Whitley said. “I have had three instances of my data files, including one at the VA that has been corrupted and exploited by hackers.”
“There are so many areas of ObamaCare that are absolutely un-American, horrendous and a total over-reach.” Whitley said, “So I thought as a surgeon, a physician, as a business owner who has run a medical practice for 17 years that I am just as qualified as anyone else to run for Congress.”
Whitley noted that none of the other candidates has his kind of understanding of health-care systems in this county.
Whitley was born and raised Kannapolis, NC where his family operated a funeral home for more than 98 years. He has practiced medical for 20 years, serving as a neurosurgeon for 15 years. Besides medicine, Whitley owns a farm where he operates than animal rescue service called All Creatures Animal Sanctuary, for a mix of animals including buffalo, goats, cows, chickens as well as cats and dogs.
Whitley is planning town hall events in each of the 8th district’s 12 counties, for more information consult his Facebook page or website.