Arizona Doctors Call on Richard Carmona to Support Repeal of President Obama’s Health Care Law
Posted: September 20, 2012 at 10:30 am / by Press Release
Release from Jeff Flake for Senate:
Urge Democrat to support commonsense health care reforms
PHOENIX – Over forty Arizona physicians today sent a letter to fellow physician, Dr. Richard Carmona, the Democratic candidate for United States Senate, expressing disappointment in his support of President Barack Obama’s health care law. These doctors are on the frontline of health care delivery and understand well how President Obama’s health care law will directly affect their ability to provide access and quality care to patients.
“Democrat Richard Carmona’s support for President Obama’s health care law, which cut $716 billion from Medicare, is a prime example of why he is the wrong choice to represent Arizonans in the U.S. Senate,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate. “Rather than toe the line of the far-left wing of his party, he should listen to the concerns of his fellow physicians and the voters of Arizona.”
The letter, which was hand delivered to Dr. Carmona’s Phoenix headquarters today, reads:
As fellow physicians, we are disappointed in your support of President Obama’s health care law.
We know firsthand that our country’s healthcare system is in desperate need of reform, but President Obama’s health care law is not the answer. In fact, it will only make the problem of uncontrolled costs worse.
As you know, the country, and Arizona in particular, will be facing a physician shortage in the coming years. If President Obama’s health care law is not repealed, a physician shortage will be exacerbated.
Additionally, we worry that seniors who rely on Medicare will see the quality of their care lessened when President Obama’s health care law $716 billion cut to Medicare is realized. President Obama’s health care law cuts reimbursements to physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes in order to fund other new programs instituted under the law. Instead of reforming Medicare to reduce costs, these types of cost controls will only make it cost prohibitive for physicians to accept new Medicare patients.
Healthcare in this country is still the best in the world. However, that will not be the case much longer if President Obama’s health care law is implemented. Costs will continue to rise but the quality of care will not follow.
There are several reforms that could drastically and immediately begin to improve the quality and lower the cost of healthcare in this country: allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines, expanded use of health savings accounts, and meaningful medical liability reform.
We urge you to consider these reforms instead and call for a repeal of President Obama’s health care law.
Jeffrey A. Singer, M.D. FACS
Daniel N. Lucas, M.D.
Thomas F. Purdon, M.D. FACOG
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. FACP
Frank G. Konchan, M.D.
Alec Hovagim, M.D.
Bhavin Vyas, M.D.
Ralph E. Seligmann, M.D.
Joel Colley, M.D.
Timothy M. Smith, M.D.
Alexzandra Hollingworth, M.D.
John R. Ammon, M.D.
M. Lance Holemon, M.D., FACOG
Gary Kauffman, M.D., FACC
Bryan R. Updegraff, M.D.
Jhaver Patel, M.D.
Richard K. Peairs, M.D. FAAOS, President, Arizona State Physicians Association
Ronald D. Gordon, M.D. FACS
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
Steven Turkeltaub, M.D.
Samedyar Durrani, M.D.
Francis Surdakowski, M.D., FACC
Donald L. Kwasman, D.O.
Robert M. Dryden, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Brent Silver, M.D.
R.R. Grace, M.D.
Andrew J. Kaplan, M.D.
Kevin Skinner, M.D. DPM
Thomas B. Scully, M.D.
Jess L. Thompson, M.D., M.S.
Stuart H. Agren, M.D.
Ajay Bhatnager, M.D., MBA
John R. Muhm, Sr., M.D.
Vinicio Lluberes, M.D.
Richard Dolinar, M.D.
William J. Darrington, D.D.S.
Patrick V. Bailey, M.D., FAAP, FACS
Marc Weinstein, M.D.
Kenneth Boren, M.D.
George Parides, D.O., President, Arizona Thoracic Society
William W. Bohnert, M.D.
George Stavros, M.D.
Keith McReynolds, M.D.
For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.