WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Texas Doctors for America members released a letter expressing outrage at Attorney General Abbott for joining a 20 state lawsuit to block implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). More that 40 physicians and medical students in Texas 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 6 million uninsured in Texas. The new law will finally put health coverage within reach for these Texas 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.
“T he AARP, Consumer Reports and most medical professional groups support these vital changes to make quality healthcare available to every American. The voices of patients, physicians and consumers of this healthcare system should be heard louder than those of politicians,” said Doctors for America Texas State Director Anna Tran.
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.