FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2009
Contact: Megan S. Smith
Arkansas’s Doctors for America praise Pryor, Lincoln for compromise to move health reform forward
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Doctors for America’s members, including state director Dr. Hershey Garner, expressed their pride that Arkansas’s Senators led the charge for a compromise on the public option to keep health reform moving forward. Senators Lincoln and Pryor’s work resulted in a proposal that continues to gain support from their colleagues and will be fully unveiled after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the plan.
“Just days ago, the Senate seemed to be at an impasse on moving forward with health reform. Senator Lincoln and Senator Pryor’s leadership is why health reform is still a real possibility this year. I am proud of the Arkansas voices that helped guide a constructive alternative,” said Dr. Hershey Garner of Fayetteville. “I look forward to seeing the final proposal and measuring how well it increases access to quality care for the Arkansans who so desperately need it.”
In the gang of ten U.S. Senators who developed the compromise proposal, Arkansas is the only state where both Senators were asked to join the group.
Tentative details of the compromise proposal include extending the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan to consumers in the health insurance exchange and an option for uninsured people aged 55-64 to buy-in to Medicare starting in 2011, three years before health insurance exchanges will open.
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to passing meaningful health reform legislation. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.