Naturopathic medicine doesn’t need government help

Contrary to the letter to the Register on 5/28/2013 by Michelle Anderson, “Iowans should have access to naturopathic docs”, we already have open access to naturopathic doctors and medicines.  What we don’t have and don’t need is for our government to license practitioners and then require that their services be covered by insurance.  Individuals are not calling for licensure in the interest of public safety.  Practitioners are calling for licensure in order to have their products and services be a required service under Obamacare.  Unfortunately, as long as our government continues to use its power to force insurance companies to cover politically favored medical products and services, there will be many special interests, such as naturopathic doctors and pharmacists, who will try to get on the government gravy train.

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