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Voters Speak out!

Hi Dr. Bob. We met at the Salem past dinner last saturday. A couple of things I wanted to mention: The Alloway Republicans are meeting on Wed. night at the Ponderosa (as you drive from Woodstown to Alloway -it’s about 1/4 mile before you get to Alloway- it’s on the left)
Also- I see that the D’s are trying to once again use the Paulsboro Port as a job creating issue. How can they oppose dredging the Delaware and pretend that a Deep Water port is possible. Finally, the South Jersey Port Corp. ( A worthless political snake pit of patronage) took control of the “Port of Paulsboro” three years ago promising Paulsboro a yearly payment of $500,000. Did Paulsboro ever get that money?
Best of luck, Phil D

Phil D


Tower of Babel Syndrome: Part 2 Lack of Uniform Standards

Part II

Lack of Uniform Standards

Costly and restrictive regulations impact providers’ ability to practice in more than one state. Most medical residents, after completing a rigorous training program in their chosen specialties, opt to stay in the state where they trained. They do so, in part, because it is easier. During residency training, they obtain the license, hospital privileges and numerous certificates that are required to practice in one state, and do not want to duplicate the time-consuming effort elsewhere. The bureaucratic roadblocks to begin work as a licensed medical professional in another state hinder underserved hospitals’ efforts to attract new staff.

States and health care organizations are devising incentives to attract health care workers to underserved regions, but the task is an uphill battle.

In contrast to inconsistent regulations, standards for medical education and training in this country are fairly uniform, with advancement in medical science remaining irrelevant of state lines and public laws. Physicians take a national examination and fulfill certification requirements that do not vary by state. Medical school admissions criteria and curricula adhere to the same basic and uniform standards for specialty certification.

So, cardiologists in one state expect to have the same medical knowledge and expertise as their counterparts in the adjacent state. Case law supports this “national” standard of quality in physician training. If this were not the case, the disparity would drive health care consumers to seek their care in states with higher standards. I postulate that it is a disparity in technology and resources, not in provider expertise, that drives consumers across state lines to centers with state-of-the-art equipment.

It is illogical to think that geography impacts the treatment of a fever of 104°, a heart attack, a high-risk pregnancy or a pediatric seizure. State borders, socioeconomic status or education levels do not impact a physician’s ability to handle such cases. The practice of medicine is – or should be – standard. Yet we allow laws and insurance regulations to complicate the billing, payment and even medical management of these same conditions. Worse, the malpractice insurance premiums for treating these conditions vary inordinately from state to state.

The fragmented nature of the current system would not and could not be applied to other professions. Imagine the chaos if pilots were only licensed to fly over specific states, or if truck drivers needed separate licenses to cross state lines. Think of the devastating effect such bureaucracy would impose on our economy and public welfare. If we truly value universal health care, we must work toward uniform laws and standards that transcend state lines and institutions.

In addition, the lack of a uniform federal system of health care law blocks progress in health care delivery. Whether by phone, e-mail or voice over Internet protocol, communication is the cornerstone of health care delivery and essential to administering quality care. The health care world has become smaller, in part, because of advances in communication technology. However, legal obstacles block the lines of communication between health care providers and their patients. If patients seek advice from an expert in another state, that expert must be licensed in the patient’s state of residence. Policymakers are stuck deciphering whether the patient has gone to the physician via phone or Internet technology, or if the doctor has legally left his/her state and visited the patient’s location, thus requiring separate licensure and approvals.

Imagine the chaos if similar restrictions applied to telecommunications. It is absurd to consider that one would need to complete special applications to listen to one’s favorite radio station transmitting from another state, or to talk to a friend in New Jersey from one’s cell phone in Delaware.

Why Uniformity Makes Sense

Picture a trauma surgeon licensed and practicing in Delaware who is driving through Virginia on vacation. He sees a serious accident on the roadside and knows he can help, but is hesitant to stop because he is not licensed to practice medicine in that state. If he stops and assists, he might be held liable for his actions. Thoughts of state regulations, licensure and the risk of a lawsuit all rush through his mind as he considers whether to stop and help… or just pass by.

Good Samaritan laws were enacted to protect caregivers from liability when providing emergency medical care. These statutes, which should be uniform throughout the country, are not. They vary state-by-state. Variations in these laws are the moving targets that foster fragmentation and confusion, rather than promoting harmony and uniformity in our health care system, thus continuing the Tower of Babel phenomenon. Once, doctors and nurses did not hesitate to help the sick and injured, wherever they were. Now, physicians and nurses first consider legal issues when rendering medical care.

Studies have shown that Good Samaritan laws make no difference in the providers’ willingness to help. This should come as no surprise, given that most health care providers are innately conditioned to help people in need. Their core nature and specialty training transcends the limits and qualifiers put in place by manmade laws and regulations. Imagine the chaos if National Football League or National Collegiate Athletic Association sports teams could not play tournaments across state lines, because rules and regulations to play that same sport were different on a state-by-state basis. That is the condition of the health care delivery system in our country today.

However, changing that system will first require a close look at why it exists in the first place. The incentives to keep health care complex and un-standard appear ridiculous on first impression, but a “freakonomics” perspective might yield some insight. Look at all the jobs created to decipher the chaos. Consider the alarming impact on our economy if we eliminated those jobs, not to mention the stress associated with change, if workers, formerly relegated to interpreting the system, were suddenly charged with tasks that truly benefited patient care.

Realigning common goals may narrow the medico-legal divide and reduce inconsistency in health care.

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My opponents have done nothing of substance for seniors or soldiers in the last decade

Doctor Bob Villare for Assembly–District 3 pledges to:

PROTECT MEDICARE. NO CUTS IN MEDICARE, NO FREE CARE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS AND DON’T CUT MEDICARE IN THE NAME OF HEALTHCARE REFORM: No cuts from Medicare, Medicaid or any other plan that funds seniors’ care. No free healthcare for folks who don’t have a right to be in our country. Medicare should not be raided to pay for another entitlement.

PROHIBIT GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING BETWEEN SENIORS AND THEIR DOCTORS: The government-run healthcare experiment will give patients less power to control their medical decisions, and create government boards that decide what treatments get funded. Doctor Villare believes in patient-centered reforms that put the priorities of seniors before government.

PROHIBIT EFFORTS TO RATION HEALTHCARE BASED ON AGE: The government-run healthcare experiment sets up a “comparative effectiveness research commission” where treatment decisions could be limited based on a patient’s age. I believe that health care decisions are best left up to seniors, their families and their well-trained and informed doctors.

PREVENT GOVERNMENT FROM INTERFERING WITH END-OF-LIFE CARE DISCUSSIONS: The government-run healthcare experiment mandates seniors meet to discuss end-of-life care. It is none of the government’s business to impose consultants to discuss your end-of-life advanced medical directive. Seniors with their family, their doctor and lawyer can help with this decision; not the government.

ENSURE SENIORS CAN KEEP THEIR CURRENT COVERAGE: As steep cuts are proposed in Medicare & Medicaid in order to pay for a government-run healthcare experiment, these cuts threaten millions of seniors with being forced from their current Medicare Advantage plans. Seniors will pay more for less. This will not happen in New Jersey under my watch.

PROTECT VETERANS BY PRESERVING TRICARE AND OTHER BENEFIT PROGRAMS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES: Democrat leaders recently proposed raising veterans’ costs for the Tricare For Life program that many veterans rely on for treatment. I oppose increasing a burden on our veterans and believe America owes it to them to extend payment to private university hospitals to provide our veterans the best care and give Veterans Freedom of Choice for their healthcare needs. After all, it is the soldiers who give us our freedom.

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Eminent Domain — Is This Legalized Stealing?

The actions and arrogance of Mr. Burzichelli should be condemned for trying to steal your constitutional right to own property. Despite the unanimous Supreme Court Ruling, Burzichelli says of the Gallenthin family farm “We’ll get the land, one way or the other.” Who will repay the Gallenthin family for their pain, suffering and legal costs to stop this theft? Who will pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted on this fiasco? YOU.

Today it’s the Gallenthins; tomorrow it’s you.

BEWARE, Mr. Sweeney recently told the Gloucester County Times, “If you have large tracts of land available, we’re going to pursue them.”

Thousands of Revolutionary War soldiers gave their lives to free us from the tyrants of England. Through their sacrifice, they gave us the freedoms we enjoy today. Now someone is trying to steal those freedoms! The tyrants have returned.

This issue is not going away. Stop the Burzichelli’s of the world by voting them out of office when they abuse eminent domain and hurt private citizens.

For more information visit: http://www.votedocbob.com

Robert C. Villare, M.D.
Assembly Candidate, 3rd Legislative District

Visit our Web-site at: http://www.votedocbob.com
Robert Villare, M.D. via e-mail at: votevillare@votedocbob.com
further information, please call 856-423-4515

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“We’ll get the land one way or the other.” Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Courier-Post (July 24, 2009)

Marines SacrificeFor Release September 21, 2009 Doctor Bob Villare for Assembly Contact: 856-423-4515

“We’ll get the land one way or the other.”
Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Courier-Post (July 24, 2009)

New Jersey is one of just a handful of states that have done nothing to curb government abuse of eminent domain. Even worse is that government bureaucrats are allowed to confiscate the property of those serving our country in the military – even while they are overseas defending our freedom. Soldiers give us our freedom, we must protect their land.

Can you imagine coming home from Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world where you have been serving our country, to find that your property has been stolen through eminent domain abuse? No American can stand for this and New Jersey cannot stand for it.

State and local officials began proceedings to take 3.7 acres of George & Cyndy Gallenthin’s farm while George, a Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserve, was serving his country overseas. Gallenthin took the Gloucester County Improvement Authority to court two years ago and won in a landmark unanimous decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

But that hasn’t stopped Burzichelli from trying to take his property. Assemblyman John Burzichelli arrogantly brushed aside the ruling by the Supreme Court, and assured reporters, “We’ll get the land one way or the other.”

A-3559 stops government from taking the property of those serving our country. It is bi-partisan legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Alison McHose (whose husband has twice served overseas as a member of the New Jersey National Guard), Assemblymen Jack Conners and Gary Chiusano. The land leased to Paulsboro by B.P. using Paulsboro taxpayer money is listed as one of the most toxic superfund sites in the state.

The law simply freezes eminent domain proceedings against the home or property of someone serving overseas until he or she has been released from duty and is available to put up a defense against government taking. Someone dodging bullets in the hills of Afghanistan shouldn’t have the added worry of government putting his wife and kids out on the street.

A-3559 was supposed to be heard in committee back in February – then on March 12th.

Its hearing was delayed at the request of Burzichelli ally Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts of the Camden County Democrat machine. Burzichelli stops at nothing for political gains, including abusive legal assaults against a soldier/farmer. This behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

“We have ground forces engaged in Iraq and President Obama has a troop surge going in Afghanistan. American troops will be in combat zones overseas for a long time to come and they simply shouldn’t be treated this way,” Assembly candidate Bob Villare said.

“John Burzichelli should recognize that his words make him and the political class in New Jersey sound like bullies. He should apologize to the Gallenthin family. He should assure Speaker Roberts gives A-3559 a hearing in committee for the sake of every New Jerseyean who puts themselves in harm’s way to defend our freedoms.”


Bob Villare will conduct an interview during groundbreaking (taking place despite lack of permits) with Corzine on Tuesday September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. The location is 559 Mantua Avenue at Paulsboro, NJ 08066.

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Dr. Bob Villare on the Issues

Career politicians gave you high taxes, wasted spending, ruined healthcare, corruption, pension abuse and eminent domain abuse against our soldiers . TAKE ACTION! VoteVillare (Doctor Bob). It’s not a party thing, it’s the right thing!

Here are a few examples why you must Vote Dr. Robert Villare for Assembly

• Your property taxes have doubled and you have nothing to show for it. You suffer financially at the hands of government without YOU knowing why or how. New Jersey is the MOST corrupt state in the nation and ranks last in job creation!!

• Assemblyman Burzichelli stood silent on cuts for volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians’ training and certification and won’t fund the Women’s Center at Salem Hospital without saving YOU one dime of taxes.

• The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) taxes businesses $15,000.00 for each new employee and puts ex-convicts and child molesters in your back yard. Businesses and residents are leaving NJ. Guess who suffers…YOU.

• My opponents helped cut charity care for hospitals by millions of dollars while hospitals struggle to pay their nurses and continue to provide free care. Insurers cut benefits from your health insurance while premiums continue to rise. Valuable state workers and teachers see benefits slashed while wasteful spending on useless agencies and authorities continues. Guess who will pay – YOU!

• County and state workers approved a $100 million parking garage in Woodbury.The true costs are under $20 million. Where is the other $80 million of YOUR (the taxpayer’s) money? Guess who will pay for this – YOU!

• A retired part-time commissioner draws a pension at full pay rate of $100,000.00 while there will be a 7 to 10 Billion Dollar deficit next year. Guess who pays the exorbitant government pensions for part-time workers while taxpayers must sacrifice – YOU.

• The Abbott school program traps needy families in failed school system. Instead of paying for good teachers, billions of your money is wasted. State auditors admit millions unaccounted for! This is why YOUR property taxes are double what they should be while Corzine, Burzichelli and the democratic leaders continue to reduce state aide for education and municipalities.

• New Jersey runs the worst state Medicaid program in the entire nation [California Healthcare Foundation April 2009]. Trenton is now planning to mandate more healthcare regulation. YOU will not like the plan they are drafting for you.

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