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Patients, Providers, and Turkey Fryers.

By Alissa Manzoeillo

This Thanksgiving Doctors for America is thankful for our thousands of supporters made up of health care providers, health care experts, and patients. Dr. Laura Davies sums up our thanks the best: “I am thankful for people fighting for access to health care, and for people providing quality health care." (Join us.)

Also, it’s also no secret that Doctors for America’s 16,000 doctors and medical students are thankful for the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”).

Now we can do a rundown of the statistics:

  • Almost 54 million additional Americans now have access to free preventive care like checkups and mammograms
  • Over 5.2 million seniors have saved almost $4 billion on prescription drugs, beginning to close the “donut hole”
  • 12.8 million Americans received $1.1 billion in rebates from insurance companies that overcharged them

And our doctors and med students are all very thankful for those numbers and all the other benefits of the ACA.

But what DFA doctors and med students are most thankful for is seeing the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare beginning to help their patients every day. Thankful their patients will have better access to the high-quality, affordable health care their patients deserve.

So this Thanksgiving, many Doctors for America’s members will be covering at hospitals and being on-call—just like our Executive Director, Dr. Alice Chen—and they’re thankful to finally be able to reassure their patients and say “Don’t worry, turkey fryer and cranberry sauce injuries are no longer a pre-existing condition.”


Happy Thanksgiving!



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