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Physicians Testify About the Need for a Public Option


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October 27, 2009

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Physicians Testify About the Need for a Public Option

Doctors for America members share their stories before a House Committee

WASHINGTON, DC—At the request of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), physicians from Doctors for America testified today on the importance of the public option as part of comprehensive health reform.  Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Alex Blum joined the panel to share stories and solutions aimed at fixing our nation’s broken health care system.

“Patients and doctors have spoken out overwhelmingly in support of a public option as part of the way to provide more affordable care while making private insurance companies more honest, higher-quality providers,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy, President of Doctors for America. “As physicians, we unfortunately see patients caught in our broken health care system every day. I hope Congress uses these stories to support their case for real health reform this year,”

“I am here today because there are 47 million uninsured and 87 million underinsured Americans who deserve better.  A public option would allow my patients’ parents to choose between public and private health insurance,” said Dr. Alex Blum, pediatrician and National Field Director of Doctors for America. “Choice and competition is vital to providing high quality coverage in markets too often dominated by one insurance provider.”

For a bios and a full transcript of Dr. Murthy and Dr. Blum’s public remarks, go to

Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 15,000 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. 

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