WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Pennsylvania Doctors for America members released a letter expressing outrage at Attorney General Corbett for joining a 20 state lawsuit to block implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). More that 60 physicians and medical students in Pennsylvania signed a letter stating the lawsuit will harm their patients by delaying Medicaid funding and slowing the implementation of the PPACA in their state.
“The lawsuits are a distraction from the real work ahead of us to make sure all of our patients have access to affordable, quality health care”, said Dr. Vivek Murthy, President of Doctors for America. “Instead of wasting taxpayer money on politically tainted lawsuits, we need our elected leaders to focus on implementing health reform to ensure our patients get the care they need when they need it.”
There are over 1.1 million uninsured in Pennsylvania. The new law will finally put health coverage within reach for these Pennsylvania families by prohibiting denial or higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions, providing subsidies to families and small businesses to purchase insurance, and creating competitive state exchanges where consumers are in control of their health coverage – not insurance companies.
“Every day, the physicians of Pennsylvania and the nation see the effects of lack of access to health care: cancers diagnosed too late, diabetes not managed until life threatening complications develop, chronic illnesses of all sorts left to fester. We have a duty as professionals to advocate for universal access to medical treatment, and we are, as have America’s largest physicians’ professional organizations. We hope Mr. Corbett will help us implement health reform in the best way possible, not undermine it and undermine patient care,” said Dr. Christopher Hughes, Doctors for America Pennsylvania State Director.
Doctors for America is a national movement of 15,000 physicians and medical students fighting for a system in which every American has equal access to quality healthcare. We envision a fair, effective and affordable healthcare system — one fundamentally transformed and guided by the core values of doctors and their patients.