Summit blueprint includes policies that will be good for physicians and their patients
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Doctors for America was very encouraged by the plan unveiled by President Obama as a jumping-off point for Thursday’s bipartisan health care reform summit. Among the improvements are tax credits and subsidies to make health insurance more affordable for millions of Americans, a new health insurance rate authority that would work to prevent the massive increases in premium rates that we’re seeing today, and a proposal to close the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” for our nation’s seniors.
“This legislation will be good for our patients, who we see struggling under our nation’s broken health care system every day, as well as for our fellow doctors,” said Dr. Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, Executive Director of Doctors for America. “Physicians who have kept up the drumbeat for reform will be encouraged that this comprehensive plan includes measures to make care more affordable and accessible for our patients, while regulating the insurance industry and supporting all fifty state Medicaid programs. The President has shown courage and leadership by continuing to pursue reform with this proposal, and we look forward to the discussion that will take place on Thursday.”
While the majority of the proposals will be helpful to patients and physicians, more attention should be given to Medicaid parity payments for primary care physicians and establishing a national health insurance exchange for enhanced regulation and access to insurance for all Americans.
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to passing meaningful health reform legislation. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.