Sioux Falls, S.D. (KELO AM) – Senate Candidate Dr. Annette Bosworth will be the first to admit she doesn’t have a lot of political experience. The Plankinton, S.D. native said she will take a lot of pioneering experience to Washington D.C. when elected. She says she comes from generations of South Dakota pioneers and considers herself one.
“I am a born and raised South Dakotan coming from five generations living on the South Dakota plains,” said Bosworth. “I am the oldest of three kids raised and educated in South Dakota. When I applied to medical school, I told them I was tired of doing hog chores and being a physician has worked out well for me.”
Bosworth said she has been a physician for the last 14 years and considers it one of societies greatest privileges to be involved with patients. She said being a physician is about to change within the next decade with what is about to unfold in our country.
“I am a business owner and I am primary care, taking care of a lot of patients and getting into the interpersonal part of their problems,” said Bosworth. “It’s also the first wave where the affordable care act is impacting what I can offer patients and how I will have to deal with government to comply with what the law will unfold and overall, it’s shocking.”
“Like all doctors, I worked with Medicare and Medicaid insured patients and devoted the whole two years to Medicaid services,” said Bosworth. “Government oversight begins with good intentions, but the oversight becomes too far removed from the actual care of the patients and for those who serve them, you find that care becoming more and more regulated. I can have a patient sitting two feet away from me and the amount of bureaucracy that goes into providing care; it may as well be a canyon between us.”
Bosworth said there are people involved in the oversight who aren’t of the local culture. At that point, she said she understood the danger of excessive oversight from afar. She said the fights she had to fight and the letters she had to write still couldn’t get her the care for her patients.
“Now, it’s about to happen to every insured patient,” said Bosworth. “The bureaucrats ask if thing were done and it can take over two weeks and there are patients asking me if I can’t do anything. When that level of power is taken out of the hands of the professional and put in Washington D.C. increases the levels of frustration.”
Bosworth said Washington D.C. is an overall mess. She has been one of the change agents in healthcare, and had been attacked for her efforts and expects more. I can see this as something I see as broken and not lose professionalism we will have progress. Those are the skill sets needed in Washington D.C. and not a whole book of this is how we have done it before. If people are satisfied with how things are going in Washington D.C. then I am not the candidate you want to send.
“Faith plays a big part in my life, and how you example your life for your children needs to come from a higher power,” said Bosworth. “It’s easy to be influenced by things of mankind, and at this time it isn’t working out for us. We have a calling to serve and I will not be influenced away from that.”
Bosworth said in talking to people, she hears that there is a level of frustration and hopelessness. People see me as hope because I am different than what other choices they have. I am not afraid to speak about my faith and say this is where I draw from my personal strength. If your roots aren’t in your faith, you can’t stand up for people and will become part of the distraction.
“I am for term limits and not raising taxes, especially in South Dakota,” said Bosworth. “There has to be a voice against wasteful spending in Washington D.C. and get off this program that there is now.”
If people want to call her Bosworth for Senate Office to find out more, the number is (605) 838-8797.
Dr. Annette Bosworth was interviewed on the Greg Belfrage show July 22, 2013.