Dental insurance premiums skyrocketed in the past decade, thanks to rising rates, while the cost of dentures went up at the same time.
And while dental insurance coverage has increased, the costs of dental procedures have remained the same.
That’s a problem for millions of American children, but it’s also a problem that’s been brewing for decades, even before the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010.
It’s called the American Dentistry Association’s (ADA) “Cronyism Problem.”
In a statement, ADA president Jim Martin says the agency’s annual “Dentistry Summit” held in March was intended to encourage “all of the stakeholders to work together to reduce unnecessary dental costs and improve the quality of care.”
That year, the ADA’s Board of Directors agreed to create a task force to investigate the ADA and its members’ practices, and Martin said the task force was “committed to identifying and removing barriers to the full access of dentists to patients and to the public.”
“We will work with our members to identify and eliminate barriers to access and ensure that dental care is delivered with the utmost care and respect for all,” Martin wrote in the statement.
“This year’s summit was designed to encourage all of the stakeholder stakeholders to help us address this problem.”
But, as we’ve pointed out before, the ACA does not mandate that the ADA do anything.
And the ADA has a history of using its position as a federal regulator to try to shut down dental practices, including in states where it has a monopoly.
In 2011, the Obama administration sent the ADA a cease-and-desist letter in response to a group of dentistry groups that argued that it had the authority to stop the ADA from practicing dentistry in their states.
The letter noted that ADA members were required to register with the government in order to practice in the state in question, and that it was a violation of that federal requirement to impose on them an additional burden of registration in order for them to practice dental medicine.
But that effort failed to deter the ADA, and in 2013, the American Association of Oral Surgeons (AASO) filed suit against the ADA.
The suit alleged that the government had violated the First Amendment by forcing it to violate the law in order “to protect the interests of its members, including members of the ADA.”
The suit was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in September.
So what does this mean for my son?
The ACA’s role in ensuring that every American child has access to dentures is not just a problem with the ADA but with the ACA itself.
When I was in school, my school had an annual Dentistry Summit, held every four years.
This year, I attended the first of the two events, which took place in New York City on March 14.
I was at the center of the action, but I was not at the heart of it.
We were all invited to attend the meeting, which I attended with my dad.
The event included presentations by the American Academy of Family Dentistry and the American Dental Association, along with a panel discussion with a representative from the American Heart Association, a panel featuring the National Education Association, and a panel of physicians from the AMA and AASO.
While we all were attending, I went to the bathroom to take a shower.
At the time, I thought it was an amazing moment, but when I came out of the shower I realized that I was wet.
I thought that it looked awful.
And I was upset because my dad told me that the water was running on top of me.
And that it’s not normal for someone to be wet.
As soon as I turned around, I realized my whole body was soaking wet.
And then I realized I had to get to the toilet.
After getting to the toilets, I asked my dad if I could use the restroom.
I remember saying, “You can’t just go out there and pee on me.”
I said, “Why not?”
I’m not going to pee on myself.
I’m going to use the bathroom.
I don’t want to get in trouble for this.
And my dad said, No, you can’t.
You’re not going out there to pee.
And he said, I’m sorry, but this is the ADA rule.
Because I didn’t comply with the rules, the event was canceled.
Later that day, I got an email from the ADA asking me if I wanted to participate in another panel discussion.
And again, I said no.
I was told, I’ll be in the next panel.
I said I’d be glad to take part in that, but that I’d have to do it with my face.
I had no idea what was going on, and I was shocked and disappointed. And so