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February 07, 2012

Politics Have No Place In Licensing Decisions

Iíll be honest Ė I think this manís birther beliefs are absurd. But that does not mean he should not be permitted to practice medicine.

A Kansas board that denied a licensed doctor of osteopathic medicine a license was primarily concerned about the man's political views. The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is a 15-member panel appointed by the governor and decides the fate of doctors in Kansas.

Terrence Lee Lakin rose to the ranks of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan and the war zone in Bosnia as well as a medical mission to Honduras. He saved lives around the world and received a Bronze Star for his service.

"I like helping people," said Lakin. "And I've been, since college wanting to be in medical field and help others."

But a dispute over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States led to Lakin being forced from the military and apparently led to the Kansas board in October denying him a medical license to practice in the Sunflower State.

The board repeatedly refused comment on their decision, but a transcript of Lakin's shows board members didn't concern themselves with Lakin's 18-year spotless medical record.

"They hammered me for my political views," said Lakin.

It apparently took the board all of 18 minutes to conduct a political inquisition and determine that his having stood up for his political views made him unfit to practice medicine Ė on the theory that his refusal to deploy potentially endangered soldiers in the theater of war. But the same board apparently is willing to license physicians who present an active danger to patients Ė such as this one.

KCTV5's investigation reveals that in 2008, the KSBHA board approved the license of another doctor with a history of medical mistakes and malpractice payouts. One patient died after a drill mishap in the operating room. A surgical error caused repeated electrical shocks to a second patient. And a third patient wasn't even that doctor's patient. The physician didn't notice, ended up performing brain surgery on the wrong man and caused permanent damage.

Fine Ė Terrence Lakin is a political loon. So is Dr. Ron Paul. However, I know the latter to be a fine physician, and by all accounts Lakin is as well. Iíd rather see either of them treating patients than the fellow who Kansas did see fit to license despite apparent incompetence.





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A political loon who was right about Iraq. BTW, did you hear the new Iraqi government is standing behind Syria and Iran?

Thousands of troop lives lost tens of thousands of limbs...for nothing. You'll get worse from Romney if he wins and listens to his neocon advisor Cohen on Iran.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/07/romneys-man-on-iran/

|| Posted by amspirnational, February 7, 2012 05:37 PM ||

Odd -- you complain about American imperialism, and then complain that we didn't practice imperialism by installing a puppet government. Make up your mind, Jim Condit Jr.

And by the way -- if it were 1942, Ron Paul would be a frequent guest on the Tokyo Rose Show & Lord Haw Haw Show, telling American troops that their service was in vain. His antics today constitute little short of treason.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 7, 2012 08:09 PM ||
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