Doctors for America supports Community Health Center Week as Tea Party Doctors continue to support the broken status quo
WASHINGTON, DC— Doctors for America has partnered with the National Association of Community Health Centers to celebrate Community Health Center Week to raise awareness about the $11 billion in new funding from the Affordable Care Act that will go to Community Health Centers in every state.
“The new health reform law extends health insurance to millions, reins in abuses by insurance companies, provides much needed funding to Community Health Centers and makes an important investment in prevention while reducing overall costs for our patients and the nation,” said Dr. Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, Executive Director of Doctors for America. “The status quo is broken— the minority of physicians who favor maintaining the current healthcare system are, in fact, opposing necessary improvements and hurting our patients in the process.”
The new funding for Community Health Centers through the Affordable Care Act is expected to double the number of patients they currently reach from 20 million patients today to 40 million in five years and is projected to save up to $122 billion in total health care costs between 2011 and 2015. Doctors for America physician members continue to educate their communities about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act while a small minority of physicians maintain their support of the health system’s broken status quo.
“Tea-party doctors may continue to oppose the Affordable Care Act, but the improvements for patients have already begun. The Trustees announcement yesterday about improvements to Medicare and Social Security, coupled with closing the donut hole for seniors and many more provisions launching in September, physicians are pleased the new law is beginning to take effect and fix broken pieces of our health care system.”
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to building a better health care system through reform. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve health reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.