TROY, OH —Today, Doctors for America members hosted a press conference and delivered a petition to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) of over 1,550 physicians and medical students opposing cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would take away access to health care from the most vulnerable Americans – seniors, children and the disabled.
“As physicians on the front lines of our health care system, we understand that the rising cost of health care puts burdens our patients, our health care system, and our country,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, President of Doctors for America. “However, we are concerned about proposals to cut Medicare and Medicaid costs that would shift the burden to those that can least afford it – seniors, children, the disabled, and the poor. We believe the right way to address health care costs is to focus on making our delivery system more efficient, improving the quality and consistency of care, strengthening the workforce, and developing payment systems that fairly reward valuable care."
There are over 2 million Medicare beneficiaries, 1.8 million Medicaid enrollees, and 265,000 children in the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Ohio. If billions are cut from Medicaid, states like Ohio will be forced to cut benefits or eligibility, causing those most in need to lose access to care. These proposed cuts have been projected to double the costs for Medicare beneficiaries and force over 44 million people nationwide to be dropped from Medicaid over the next 10 years.
“Medicare and Medicaid are there to protect our most vulnerable populations” said Ohio State Director, Dr. Don Nguyen, who delivered the petition. “The proposed cuts make affordable healthcare inaccessible to millions of low-income families and the elderly in Ohio. By shifting costs to patients, we burden those who already face significant financial difficulties. To obtain true savings, we must look to innovate within the system using different models of delivery and care.”