Physicians and Medical Students Join Demonstrations at Supreme Court to Defend the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as the Supreme Court begins hearings on the Affordable Care Act, physicians and medical students from around the country joined at 8 a.m. at the steps of the Supreme Court to show their support for the health care law. Doctors for America and other health care provider groups decided to assemble because they believe the health reform law is of central importance to improving the health of Americans of all ages and incomes.
“This law is about people, not politics,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, co-founder and President of Doctors for America and an internal medicine physician in Boston, MA. “It helps kids, seniors, and people in between. It helps people who have insurance and people who don’t have insurance. It protects patients from discrimination and ensures that all of us have more secure coverage. Most importantly, it starts us on the important path to building a higher quality, financially sustainable health care system. That’s why doctors support this law."
The gathering at the Supreme Court is a response by doctors who no longer want to stand by while their patients face the hardships caused by our current health care system. High medical costs, including emergency care, prescription drugs and hospital bills, play a role in over 50% of personal bankruptcies in America. By making coverage more accessible and affordable, families will no longer be forced to decide between taking medications or paying the rent .
Notable accomplishments of the ACA since its passing in March of 2010 include: saving $3.1 billion for seniors on prescription drugs, extending coverage for children on their parents’ policies until the age of 26, and ending discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions.
Dr. Chris Lillis, a primary care physician in Fredricksburg, VA, took a day off from his practice to attend the gathering.“ The Affordable Care Act takes great strides in reducing the number of Americans who are uninsured and addresses many of the inefficiencies of our system,” he said. “The law begins to address the national crisis which currently allows tens of thousands of Americans to die each year for lack of access to life saving care.”
In January, Doctors for America was part of a joint amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court. The brief argues the constitutionality of the “minimum coverage provision”, commonly referred to as the individual mandate. The hearings will take place over a span of three days beginning March 26. This support at the Supreme Court follows the celebration of the two-year anniversary of the law.
Doctors for America is a national movement of more than 15,000 doctors and medical students in all 50 states who are working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care.