February 7, 2012, - 3:18 pm
This is truly sickening, especially in a country that pretends to have a First Amendment and yet seems to apply it only to the left and Islamic terrorists. I’ll bet if Lt. Col. Terrence Lee Lakin had told the Kansas regulatory agency that he’s a HAMAS member, they’d have given him the medical license. But question Barack Obama, and you are denied. It’s especially disgusting since this man risked his life for America fighting for the very free speech rights he’s now being denied. Dr. Lakin, who is a licensed doctor in both Maryland and Colorado, served on the front lines of Afghanistan and also in Bosnia–places where the values of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts would apparently be at home–and has a bronze star. He has a great lawsuit here, and I hope he pursues it.
For the record, I am NOT a birther (and I don’t support this man’s decision not to follow orders under Obama), but that is and should have been irrelevant to whether or not this dedicated doctor was licensed in Kansas, where officials apparently see themselves as the government-appointed speech and thought police. Read this and barf (Kudos to Topeka, Kansas’ KCTV for covering this and doing a blockbuster job on it:
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. . . .
The Oct. 21 hearing about Lakin’s medical license lasted just 16 minutes. Lenexa physician Michael J. Beezley kicked off the questioning about Lakin’s thoughts on the president.
“So I guess you need to explain the difference between going to Afghanistan in 2004 and going over there after President Obama was elected,” said Beezley. “Is that the big kick?”
“Yes,” replied Lakin.
Ellsworth Dr. Ronald Whitmer then followed up.
“Do you believe he was a U.S. citizen, President Obama?” he asked.
“I don’t know,” Lakin replied.
“…the long form of his birth certificate has been publicized,” Whitmer said. “What does it take to make you believe that he is a U.S. citizen?” . . .
“Say if and when he’s elected again and the Reconciliation Act becomes law, which it already is, and all of a sudden we have 20 million more people who’ve got healthcare, are you going to refuse those people because this is?” asked Whitmer.
“No. No. No,” insisted Lakin. “I was being ordered to a combat zone to, you know, put my life on the line.”
Just as Lakin’s medical record didn’t matter to the board, another doctor’s medical record also didn’t matter to the panel.
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.
The board refused our repeated requests for an interview about the decisions it makes and the seeming disparity of these two cases. . . .
Lakin’s only recourse now is a judicial appeal, but he’s uncertain that he can afford the costs.
One has to wonder if this would have been handled the same if the doctor would have refused to go to Afghanistan under Bush because he thought it was an “immoral” war? Something tells me it would not have been handled the same. This is chilling.
It appears Dr. Lakin needs to change his name to Tahir Al-Lakin Al-Amriki and botch a few surgeries. Then, Kansas will rubber stamp him in.
Truly nauseating in what used to be the “home of the free and the brave.” It seems that neither of these is true any longer. In America today, the brave aren’t free. And the free aren’t brave.
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