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Local physicians, TEA Party Patriots organizing Friday forum on government-run health care

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The organizers of two Taxed Enough Already rallies in Hopkins County earlier this year are helping organize a town hall meeting Friday on “Government Run Healthcare.”

The forum is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

Three different groups — the Mount Pleasant Tea Party Patriots, Sulphur Springs Tea Party Patriots and Hopkins County Republican Party — and numerous Sulphur Springs physicians are oganizing the gathering.

Local physicians involved in the forum include Dr. Mark Miller, Dr. Jerry Jennings, Dr. Bill Dietze, Dr. Don O’Neal, Dr. I.L. Balkcom IV, Dr. Curtis Cutrell, Dr. Brian Wasson, Dr. Charles B. Jones and Dr. Joe Valdez.

The forum will include as speakers Dr. Anthony Greco, Dr. Isaac Osborne, and insurance agent David Baucom. The audience will be able to ask questions and make comments.

Erwin Cain, chairman of the Hopkins County Republican Party, will be the master of ceremonies.

The TEA Party rallies held on the downtown square on April 15 and July 3 saw local citizens protest the government’s bailout and stimulus policies and show their concern over the growing national debt. Hundreds of people turned out for both rallies, and organizers of the town hall forum expect a similar level of interest in Friday’s discussions.

David Baucom, owner of Baucom Insurance Agency in Sulphur Springs, will discuss the economic and insurance perspective on the health care bill currently under debate in Congress. He is also a member of Texas Medical Board. Baucom was first appointed to the board in 2008 and was re-appointed this year by Gov. Rick Perry. The board’s mission is to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas.

Baucom is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in marketing and economics. He was self-employed as a petroleum landsman in Midland before he purchased a local independent insurance agency. He has since purchased two other agencies and opened a branch office in Winnsboro. He has served on the Board of two Banks and one Mortgage Company.

Dr. Greco, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, established his own practice in Mount Pleasant in 1997. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990. After completing his residencies in dermatology and internal medicine in Toronto and Montreal he moved to Texas. He has received numerous professional honors and participated in a number of academic activities and research projects.

Dr. Osborne is in private practice at Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Services in Mount Pleasant. He is a graduate of The University of Southern California. He served his internship at Santa Barbara Memorial General and Cottage hospital. After 5 years of practice he moved to the St. Thomas Virgin Islands, where he was district health officer of St. Thomas and St. John and director of public health clinics.




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