National Coalition of Physician Organizations
On July 14, 2011, 15 physician organizations representing nearly 300,000 physicians and medical students sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders to sound a note of alarm about proposals under consideration as part of the deficit reduction package to accompany the vote to raise the debt ceiling. While physicians acknowledge the necessity for the debt ceiling to be raised to prevent unprecedented disruption to our economy, they are against proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid that would decrease patient’s access to care or the quality of care they receive.
Instead, these organizations are asking lawmakers to work with physicians to address the real drivers of cost through innovative approaches to improving the health care system. Using this approach, the United States can continue to meet both our financial obligations and our promises to our citizens.