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Dennis Harper, DC Letter to Senator Crapo Concerning The Future of Health Care In The US

Hello Senator Crapo,                                                                                                                       9/17/2020

                This is a third time I have sent this letter.  I have added some new items to it.  Would very much appreciate a response.  I had previously sent a letter discussing my concerns about the future of health care in the United States.  You and I have discussed this very topic at length numerous times.  Below are some areas of deep concern to me, and I am more than willing to help in whatever capacity needed.

                After practicing for nearly 40 years I have seen numerous changes that have led to the increase of cost to operate a business yet do nothing to increase the quality of care being given. Often forcing doctors and patients to accept a treatment plan based on what insurance will pay for rather than what is best for the patient. This environment is unfriendly to private practitioners, forcing them into hospital groups which are being bought out by large corporations who’s investors want large profit margins, and have little concern for the quality of services given.  If there is balance a physician can make a great wage, give quality care and not over charge patients.

                The first point I’d like to cover is the incorporation of ICD 10 codes.  This was extremely expensive to incorporate into office’s and train staff.  This causes more work for staff and provider and does nothing for patient care.  As a chiropractor we had 16 diagnostic codes with the ICD 9.  Now with the ICD 10 we have 256 codes.  This is cumbersome and nonproductive.  A lot of agencies have added people on just to implement ICD-10 which cost the agencies more money and the doctor’s more money. Increasing staffing needs and raising overhead.

                The other major overhead issue was the  incorporation of meaningful use.  Which was legislated about 10 years ago.  This cost tens of thousands of dollars in software and numerous Government agencies o build the program.  It has proven to be totally ineffective.  It is been thrown out of most offices and only being monitored at some of the hospitals.  This program needs be eliminated and closing the federal agencies involved.  This program reduced efficiency in offices by 30% adding more staff people to document items that no one ever used.

                Conservative care can reduce or eliminate the need for more invasive procedures. I would give an example of what we have done for treatment on knees.  At the present rate if I took 100 knees and sent them for replacement the cost would be about $5,000,000 to Medicare.  With conservative care and some of the injectables we have used it would be easy to reduce that number in half.  It would cost around $200,000 to save $2.5 million.  In the last 12 years we have been able to eliminate low back and neck surgeries upwards of 90%.  The cost of treatment for  low back and neck cases are less than $1000 per case.  The savings is over 95% of the cost of low back surgery which could be anywhere from  $35-75,000 each.            

                The challenge in using these treatments is something called Standard of Care.  Standard of care is dictated by what 5 MDs in an area would do.  If you came in with high cholesterol they would give you medication.  If they do not give you medication but counseled you in nutrition they would be in violation of standard of care and would be at risk of sanctions by their medical boards and could even lose their license to practice!  He came in with low back pain they would do physical therapy for 6 weeks at about $150 per treatment 2-3 times per week and prescribe meds. The next step would be an MRI, then off to the pain clinic for a series of 3 injections at a cost of appx. $7000. From there neck or low back surgery would be performed. That is called the standard of care in the Western medicine paradigm.  Doctors need to be allowed to work outside the standard to care to initiate alternative care.  One of my expertise is actually doctors defense and malpractice cases.  I’ve been doing cases for about 35 years.  I consider myself somewhat of an expert on what standard of care is.  Failure to follow the standard of care results in suspension or loss of license and possibly sanctions.

                A recent example was a medical doctor doing high-dose vitamin C on a patient in the hospital that was septic.  Standard septic patients have a 95% chance of dying. This MD had a 100% survival rate in the patient he treated.  Because he was not following the standard of care he was  scrutinized and reprimanded.  Even though he saved patients that would have died.

                If a Medicare patient opts for alternative care for cancer they can be immediately dropped from receiving Medicare services.  Even though alternative care is not covered by Medicare.

                I am giving you some small examples that potentially are changeable.  I have given a truly short description of each of these examples above.  But these are all doable changes for the health care system.  I believe a national change in the system would make more of a difference then adding insurance for everyone that prohibits true health care, is expensive and does nothing to enhance health care.

                I have several items on You-Tube plus many things posted on my face book pages.  Covid- 19 as you know is the biggest cluster out there.  There is so much misinformation that it is hard to sort out truth from fiction.  I am very adamant that we build a separate committee independent from the drug companies, vaccine manufacturers, and other “special interest groups to evaluate all the data.  I don’t believe the data  we are getting is accurate. The financial interest of many determine what we are hearing. Everything I have read about vaccination’s indicates that the more vaccinations we get the weaker the immune system becomes.  If we look at charts internationally the US is one of the sickest nations in the world.  It also spends 4 times more money than any other health care system in the world.  It is obviously dominated by the drug companies and expensive services.  It is time to put the brakes on the system.  The death rates from the Covid in this country is largely due to flu shots, 5G and the fact that we have one of the unhealthiest populations in the world.

I would enjoy working towards change in some of these items and offer suggestions about the direction we need to go.

Please contact me at your convenience,.

Dennis Harper DC

Action steps and questions:

  1. Who is monitoring the agencies doing Meaningful Use?
  2. Who mandates the use of ICD 10 codes?
  3. Why can’t we have an independent group evaluate the Covid crisis?
  4. Are we going to have mandatory vaccinations?
  5. Where are the peer reviewed studies on mask effectiveness to prevent the spread of disease in the general population?
  6. Are the lack of vaccinations likely to effect peoples work and travel?
  7. Is the  government going to allow chips to be put in people?
  8. I want to know exactly where the Senator stands on all of these issues. The time for silence is over!
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Harper For Idaho: Localize Not Globalize

Dennis Harper, DC comments on the need to localize rather than globalize and why this is important.

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Working to make Dworshak Reservoir an ecological, environmental economic sound asset for Idaho!

A main platform that Dennis Harper DC is passionate about is Dworshak Reservoir in Orofino Idaho. Dennis’s goal is to make it a viable economic aide to Idaho by improving the salmon fishery processes. By enhancing Dworshak Reservoir Fertilization we can restore larger runs of kokanee and bass plus improve water quality. We need to look at putting a resident salmon fishery in Dworshak Reservoir. This will help mitigate the negative impact of our current drawdown process. Let’s work together to make Dworshak Reservoir an ecological, environmental, & economically sound asset for Idaho!
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Dennis Harper, DC On Standard Of Care / COVID

Dr. Harper talks about Standard of Care as it relates to Covid-19 and the disastrous effects of our current course.
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Book News!

Dennis Harper DC gives thanks for his #1 Amazon Best Selling Book: “Miracles”, plus announces his second book release coming in the fall of 2020! The book Tentatively titled “Solving Life”; will introduce you to several ways we can achieve living life to its fullest while finding that true happiness we all strive for.

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Dworshak Reservoir

A main platform that I am passionate about is Dworshak Reservoir in Orofino Idaho. My goal is to make it a viable economic aide to Idaho by improving the salmon fishery processes. By enhancing Dworshak Reservoir Fertilization we can restore larger runs of kokanee and bass plus improve water quality. We need to look at putting a resident salmon fishery in Dworshak Reservoir. This will help mitigate the negative impact of our current drawdown process. Let’s work together to make Dworshak Reservoir an ecological, environmental, & economically sound asset for Idaho!

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Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World Hits #1 on Amazon (Dr. Harper is a contributing author!)

Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World Hits #1 on Amazon!

Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World – latest anthology tops the Amazon Bestseller List on August 07, 2020.

The most famous personalities from around the globe including Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Paul  Drouin, Dr. John W. Brimhall, Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Mariel Hemingway, and many more dynamic
doctors, inspirational spiritual leaders, and healers collaborated to inspire the world with a new book, Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World.
Authors wrote this book and shared their own “miracle story” of how they encountered miracles that have altered the course of their lives and those of their patients. This book will provide a comprehensive insight into how miracles are accessible to anyone. This promising book is filled with stories of hope, trust, healing, and miracles with unique messages and secrets, making it a beautiful gift!

The contributing authors of this latest anthology Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World are: Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Paul Drouin, Dr. John W. Brimhall, Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Mariel Hemingway, Dr. Evelina V. Sodt, D. Bryan Ferre, Dr. M. Teri Daunter, Linda Seagraves, Dr. Jim Hayes, Dr. Vienna Lafrenz, Dr. Manja H. Podratz, Dr. Jeffrey Benton, Pat Ziemer, Dr. Jared Leon, Dr. Robin J. Lambrecht, Dr. Jyun Shimizu, Dr. Steve Small, Clinton Ober, Darla Boone, Heather Gunn, Cari Rosno, Dr. Dennis Permann, Dr. Katinka van der Merwe, Dr. Carla Burns, Dr. Stefan Rau, Detlef (Joe) Friede, Eike Jordan, Anita Lawrence, Dr. Annette Landman, Leah Roling, Jamie Cabaccang, Diane McKee, Dr. Sandy Roga, Ed Strachar, Rhonda Grillo, Dr. Dennis Harper, Dr. James Huang, Brad Axelrad, Debbie Orr, and Lisa Marie Crawford.  Each author, at the end of his or her story, has a personal biography with contact information.  Anyone can reach out to the authors for further information and personal coaching.

One of the readers stated, "There is so much wisdom in this book with some of the most inspirational spiritual leaders, doctors, and healers in the world. Whatever you may be facing in life, this book will certainly provide hope that miracles do happen.”

Wake Up: Miracles of Healing from Around the World is available at – https://www.amazon.ca/Wakeup-Miracles-Healing-Around-World/dp/0999497898/ref=mp_s_a_1_1

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MOVING FORWARD

Idaho’s Primary Election is over and although I did not win in the primary, I am excited to be MOVING FORWARD with supporting Idaho and its communities!

In the coming years I vow to continue my work to keep Idaho’s economy strong while being a voice of reason for Rural Idaho!  I continue to be in charge of the legislative committee for the Chamber of Commerce in Orofino and will continue to be actively involved in projects to benefit our community and all of rural Idaho as well!

Some of my main focus going forward will be: 

  1. Maximize Utilization of Dworshak Reservoir, improving water quality while expanding its resource potential to benefit all of Idaho!
    1. Continue the extraordinarily successful Fertilization program that was started almost 10 years ago on Dworshak Reservoir. It is time to look at expanding this program to include trace minerals to replace vital nutrients that have diminished with the Salmon returns. Chromium and Selenium, essential nutrients in cancer prevention and diabetic conditions need to be put back into not only our reservoir but the lakes and streams that feed it. Trace minerals are essential to plant and forest health and Elk calk survival rates as well.
    1. Begin to actively pursue putting Chinook Salmon in Dworshak  Reservoir.  This would help replace the lack of Salmon (trace minerals) in the region.  It would give the Nez Pierce tribe a source of salmon.  It would be of great benefit to the local economy.
    1. Stop the summer draw-down of Dworshak Reservoir. Which has been deemed a biological failure on all fronts.  The economic and environmental trade-off has not been worth the effort and has caused economic catastrophe in our rural communities.  Our continued course is a waste of valuable resources, a steady roadblock to economic recovery and serves no purpose.
  2. Idaho needs to Increase taxation on Forest Service Ground by at least another $1 an acre.  This money should go to schools so we would not have to continue doing levies.  Increased federal tax dollars should help our County Road Department fund repair and maintenance of road infrastructure and EMS services to Forest Service lands, helping to offset the impact of tourists that are recreating in our area in ever increasing numbers. The majority of these tourists contribute little to the local economy, yet negatively impact our county budget in an increasingly huge way.  We are seeing a huge influx of people from Washington as well as distant and adjoining Idaho counties that impact our limited resources in Clearwater County.
  3. Idaho needs to refocus its efforts to keep Idaho’s Agriculture in Idaho!  At least 90% of all Idaho grown foods need to be sold and purchased IN Idaho!  I would propose regional growing of products to fill our stores locally.  I would expect changes in tax structures and benefits for farmers with contracts to the supermarkets.  We would also have to add processing and distribution centers locally.  This would increase the opportunity for local employment, eliminate food shortages in the event of further global disruption and mitigate economic hardship by maintaining a necessary work force, and eliminating reliance on long distance transportation of goods.
  4. I would look at a system of taxing non-residents entering  the area for recreational purposes that strain our local resources. I don’t have a clear idea of what it would take to accomplish this, however I feel it is worth looking into.
  5. Refocus Idaho’s Tourism monies to locally supported and run organizations capable of spending the 2% tourism tax on efforts to support both small and large communities.  Currently  ITC funding is extremely lopsided. With the lions’ share is allocated to cities with larger populations and less recreational opportunities, not allowing the rural areas individual funds to support local efforts.
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Thank you to all who voted for and supported my campaign… You will continue to see me support Idaho, now and in future!

Though I did not win the legislative house position, I did win a big appreciation for the whole process. I also realize that many opportunities will open up because of this. I want to thank everyone that was involved in helping. I want to congratulate Priscilla for winning the 7A position. We will have redistricting by the 2-year period when elections come up again. I am at this point in time considering running. And again thank you everyone for your vote. I will still be more active than ever than I have been politically. I want things better for all of us in rural Idaho.

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Lewiston Morning Tribune Article On Idaho 7A Race

7th District incumbent is being challenged by Orofino chiropractor

By William L. Spence Of the Tribune

Orofino chiropractor Dennis Harper takes on two-term incumbent Rep. Priscilla Giddings in the May 19 Republican primary race for Idaho’s 7th Legislative District House A seat.

Harper, 63, initially filed for the House B seat, after longtime Rep. Paul Shepherd announced he wouldn’t run for another term in office. However, when it got to the final day of the candidate filing period and no one had filed for the House A seat, he switched his paperwork.

“I didn’t intend to challenge an incumbent,” Harper said. “I just thought it was crazy to leave an open seat.”

Giddings, 36, filed for reelection later that day, putting the two on a collision course.

No Democrats filed for the position so, barring a write-in challenge, the winner of the primary will go on to represent the 7th District in Boise for the next two years. The district includes Idaho, Clearwater and Shoshone counties, as well as a small corner of Bonner County.

Harper grew up in northern California, but moved to Idaho 40 years ago. He chose Orofino as the location for his chiropractic business because he loves to hunt and fish.

Although he’s never run for public office before, he has a reasonable understanding of what’s involved. He served on the Idaho State Board of Chiropractic for 12 years, working on legislation and rules. He’s also served on the legislative affairs committee for the Orofino Chamber of Commerce for about 15 years, and has worked with state and federal agencies on issues involving natural resource development and Dworshak Dam and Reservoir operations.

He served as a substitute lawmaker as well, filling in temporarily several years ago for then-state Sen. Skip Brandt.

“I think I bring enough knowledge base to be realistic about the job,” Harper said.

That said, he’s running for office because he’s “frustrated” with certain land management and natural resource decisions, as well as with public education and with the way health care operates in Idaho.

For example, he supports greater access to timber resources and feels wolves have had a highly negative impact on regional elk populations.

On the health care front, he’d like Idaho to ease its “standard of care” requirements — similar to what California and Alaska have done — so doctors and patients can pursue treatment options outside of the traditional norms without getting into trouble with regulatory boards.

And as Idaho and the nation struggle with the medical and economic effects of the coronavirus, Harper said, having someone else in the Legislature with health care expertise will be particularly critical in the coming year.

“I’ve always felt I needed to make a difference in the world,” Harper said. “And I’m willing to put my money (and time) where my mouth is, when I’m serious about something.”

Giddings said she’s running for reelection to “keep up the fight.”

“We have 70 members in the Idaho House, including 14 Democrats and 56 who call themselves Republicans,” she said. Of the Republicans, “28 are fairly progressive, while 28 are more conservative. If we get more conservative Republicans, we can stop more big-spending, progressive ideas from moving forward. So now it’s more important than ever to keep up the fight.”

As a member of the Air Force Reserves, she’d like to continue her work on veteran issues, as well as on health freedom.

Last session, for example, she introduced legislation that would prohibit state and local governments from doing business with companies that discriminate against workers who refused to be vaccinated for any illness or disease. The bill was introduced, but never received a committee hearing.

As a member of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, Giddings also pushed to repeal the 6 percent state sales tax on groceries. The move ran against the wishes of House Republican leadership, who supported an alternative plan to increase the grocery tax credit.

Overall, she said, “I don’t think (Harper’s) and my voting would be all that different. We’re pretty equal.”

Harper agreed, saying he supported Giddings when she first ran for office.

“I agree with her morals and ethics,” he said. “I just don’t know if she’s been as effective as she could be. She’s burned some bridges.”

Giddings acknowledged that she and House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, “locked horns” almost from her first day in the Legislature.

However, she believes that has led to a “more professional” working environment, in which at least some conservative bills are allowed to work through the legislative process, rather than being quashed by leadership or committee chairmen.

“I think I’m one of the most effective at engaging with leadership to bring back conservative principles,” she said. “And until we get over 28 members, we’re not going to get past (the progressive chairmen), so there’s no way to really measure effectiveness.”

While some might suggest more could be accomplished through “honey” and cooperative relationships, Giddings prefers to “turn up the pressure” on those who don’t support her brand of conservatism.

“From a conservative Republican perspective, the state and country are too far gone to still be using honey,” she said. “You can’t fix a socialist trend by being nice.”

Giddings believes she’s the best choice for District 7 voters because “I’m the only legislator in that building who will provide detailed information about the inner workings and gamesmanship and excessive spending that’s going on.”

“I try to hold people accountable by exposing (such issues),” she said. “That takes a lot of time and effort. I don’t know if Dr. Harper will be able to provide the same information.”

Harper said his expertise in the health care arena, as well as his community involvement, give him the edge.

“I feel a real calling to do this, so we can make a difference,” he said. “It’s not a matter of surrendering our values; it’s about finding consensus and accomplishing things for the district.”

Given the public safety concerns about spreading the coronavirus, the May 19 primary will be conducted entirely by absentee ballot.

That means anyone who wants to vote in the election must fill out an absentee ballot request form. Requests can be submitted online at idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho; alternatively, people can print out the form and return it by mail or in person at their local county elections office.

The requests must be received by 8 p.m. May 19. The ballots themselves must be returned by June 2 at 8 p.m., at which time the votes will be tabulated.

Spence may be contacted at bspence@lmtribune.com or (208) 791-9168.
By William L. Spence Of the Tribune