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Doctors Take to the National Mall for Health Reform


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Event Kicks off Public Education Campaign to Protect Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, DC – On the National Day of Service, doctors and medical students gathered in DC to educate the public about how important the Affordable Care Act is for the country.  The day kicked off Doctors for America’s One Million Campaign. Throughout 2012, doctors and medical students will protect the Affordable Care Act by educating people about the facts and pushing back against misinformation and confusion.

"As physicians, we are beginning to see how the Affordable Care Act is helping patients and the health care system,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, President and Co-Founder of Doctors for America. “Millions of young adults are now insured. Billions of dollars have been sent to our senior citizens to help them afford their medicines. Long-standing insurance company abuses have now been banned. And this is just the start. The One Million Campaign will enable physicians and community members to work together to ensure we realize the full promise of the Affordable Care Act."

The day began with 30 physicians and medical students who gathered to learn the facts of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Zeke Emanuel – one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act – then led a white coat jog on the National Mall, where they educated the public about health reform facts.
 
“I’m here today to protect the Affordable Care Act because I, like Martin Luther King Jr., believe that health care is a right, not a privilege,” said Dr. Manisha Sharma of New York. “My niece was born with a rare birth defect that would have affected her entire life. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, she will never be labeled a pre-existing condition.”
 
Here are some campaign highlights for the month:
  • Doctors in many states, including Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana, and Georgia, went to local Martin Luther King Jr. Day events and handed out fliers on health reform facts.
  • Doctors in California, Georgia, Ohio, and other places are working with local community organizations to educate the public through community forums.
  • Doctors for America is launching an online campaign – collecting stories of the ways the Affordable Care Act is helping or will help physicians, their patients, and their communities.
Doctors for America is a national movement of 15,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states who are working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care.
  

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