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William Crandell: From the experts

Published 10:07pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I recently had a talk with one of my physicians about the Affordable Care Act, and was surprised to find out that he was in favor of it and that many medical personnel across the country were also lending their support.

We also spoke a little about a group he was involved with called Doctors for America that had formed to support the ACA, and that they envisioned a fair, effective and affordable health care system for all Americans.

The group wants to ensure that health care providers and patients were in control of their health care and not insurance companies and government lobbyists.

The first thing on the agenda for Doctors for America is to dispel some of the falsehoods surrounding the Affordable Care Act for example, one of the biggest myths is the destructive effect that it will supposedly have on small businesses.

The fact is, the law will only affect small businesses with more than 50 employees and that is less than 1 percent of them and the majority of those companies already provide access to health care.

A second myth perpetuated recently by the Romney campaign claims that it will cut $716 billion from Medicare, but these are actually savings tethered to reimbursements to insurance companies and hospitals based on quality of care and patient satisfaction.

Recently, Doctors for America made its presence known at the Republican convention in Tampa. Their purpose was to inform the GOP that the majority of doctors supported providing quality health care to all Americans and insurance companies need to be regulated.

But unfortunately to many members of the GOP, this is about insurance corporations maintaining control of our outdated health care system. This is about greed and maintaining profits and free market economics and deregulation.

I don’t want my health care being determined by how much profit someone will make. I’m hopeful now that physicians are standing up for our health care.

The true experts are now making a stand for the welfare of their patients and are working to make this country a better place.

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