How to find a dentist who is an ally to conservatives
The National Dentist Association (NDD) is the nation’s largest professional association of dentists.
It is also one of the most influential of the conservative-dominated profession, having won its membership in the early 1990s when it became the first professional association to take the extreme position of endorsing President Ronald Reagan’s re-election.
Since then, NDD members have taken a conservative turn, and are increasingly supporting the views of President Donald Trump.
They have also backed the idea of forcing people to have a “government-approved” health insurance plan to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid, and for the creation of a new tax on insurance companies, the highest-income earners.
“The National Dentists Association has endorsed President Trump’s agenda for Medicare for All, and has been the most vocal supporter of the President’s plan to replace Medicare with a single payer, publicly funded, single-payer system,” said NDD President Robert J. Littman in a press release in February 2017.
“Our members are committed to protecting the health and safety of all Americans by ensuring that all Americans have access to the highest quality dental care.”
In a statement, NDC President David Boren argued that the NDD was “not opposed to the concept of a government-run dental insurance program.
As we have said repeatedly, we believe that a single- payer system would be the most effective way to provide universal dental care, and we support the administration’s proposal for a single employer-funded, government-managed dental insurance plan.”
Littmarsh told the Washington Post that the group’s support of the Trump administration’s Medicare for Everyone plan was “part of our commitment to working closely with the administration to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and families, and to promote responsible, high-quality dental care.”NDD’s support for the President on Medicare for everyone is part of our support for a government that is committed to providing the best health care to all Americans.
“The statement by Littmans statement came a day after NDC’s national executive board approved a new policy that would prevent a group of dental students from attending a conference to discuss Medicare for all if they do not agree with the president’s healthcare plan.
NDC Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Karen A. Johnson said in a statement to The Washington Post: “NDD will continue to stand for patient-centered healthcare, which is the best way to insure all Americans and reduce healthcare costs.
It’s our view that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan that can meet all needs, and this is a critical time for all Americans to realize that.
NDD will be working with members to determine what additional options are available for the future.
“The policy will require NDC to take a position on Medicare or Medicaid before holding the conference.
The NDD’s president said in the statement that “a decision about the NDC conference is not going to be made until the full policy is adopted by the National Conference of Dental Students.”
In an email to Salon, Johnson noted that the policy does not ban the students from speaking at the conference, but rather, “allows the NCD’s policy to be enforced by preventing the NCDC from participating in the conference.”
NCDC President Karen A Johnson.
“As the National Council of Dural Students and NCDC have said, the NCA is committed and willing to work closely with NCDC and other stakeholders to provide the best dental care for all our students.” “
NCDC is committed for years to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our students, and our commitment is that they will continue our work in that direction,” said Johnson.
“As the National Council of Dural Students and NCDC have said, the NCA is committed and willing to work closely with NCDC and other stakeholders to provide the best dental care for all our students.”
NDC did not respond to Salon’s request for comment on the issue.
According to Johnson, the group “will be working closely to determine if additional options for the upcoming conference are available.”
Johnson added that the organization has “been very proactive in seeking to engage with members who disagree with the NDA on the President-backed Medicare forAll plan and to share our views on the NACA’s membership policies.”