Medical Freedom Fighters: The Arnetts of West Virginia

At the Competitive Enterprise Institute dinner in DC last night, I caught up with Dr. Jerome Arnett and met his daughter, Dr. Brenda Arnett. Jerry is a prolific writer – he has done great work on the bogus threat of secondhand smoke and on other abuses of science. He is a pulmonary specialist, so I paid close attention when he urged me to continue smoking cigars to add 30 years to my life. Jerry is very active with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Jerry and Brenda are both relying largely on cash payments for their medical practices. (Jerry is from West Virginia, and Brenda’s practice is just over the Virginia state line.) They recognize that insurance companices can destroy a doctor’s freedom (and patient’s opportunities) the same way that Medicare drags down doctor-patient relations.

National Public Radio did a great @ 40 minute interview with the two of them last year. You can listen to it here.

It is encouraging to see doctors who have the courage and the principles to stand up for freedom.

UPDATE: Contact info:
Dr. Brenda Arnett, Phone: (540) 542-1180
Fax: (540) 542-1181
3034 Valley Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601

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