WASHINGTON, DC—In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece today, Dr. Hal Scherz writes that Docs4PatientCare, is waging a political campaign from their offices that misrepresents the position of hundreds of thousands of doctors on health care reform. Today, Doctors for America’s President Vivek Murthy responded to his editorial:
“Dr. Scherz’s group attempts to mischaracterize the recent health reform law to patients with extreme and inaccurate claims. His letter represents partisan scare tactics instead of thoughtful analysis that patients deserve from their doctor. Moreover, Dr. Scherz’s assertions about physicians opposing reform flies in the face of the truth. Thousands of doctors across the country support reform because it’s the first step in fixing a broken system that kept affordable, quality care out of reach for millions of Americans. It is worth noting that a coalition of medical organizations representing over 500,000 doctors (more than 50% of the country’s physicians) supported health reform.
Reform is beginning to put health care back in the hands of patients and their doctors – not insurance companies. The new law will bring in 32 million more Americans into the system – ensuring they get the care they need before catastrophic illness robs them of their health and savings. It allows those with pre-existing conditions to access affordable coverage and ends the insurance company shell game of rescissions. Health reform closes the prescription drug loophole for seniors and provides them with free preventive care services.
As physicians, I and thousands of my colleagues in the medical profession support these changes because it means we can better care for our patients. As physicians, our responsibility to patients is to portray the whole truth of the new health law - not to reflect the partisan fear mongering that surrounds us and causes confusion. This bill is an important first step to make America’s health care system stronger.”
Doctors for America is a grassroots group of over 16,000 physicians with a presence in all fifty states committed to building a better health care system through reform. The group works to convey the ideas and experiences of physicians in order to achieve health reform that provides high quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.