Family Physicians Discouraged by President’s Equivocation on Preserving Patient Access to Meaningful, Affordable Health Insurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Statement attributable to:
John Meigs, Jr., MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“Throughout his election campaign, President Donald Trump promised the American people he would advocate for health reform that would ensure access to meaningful, affordable health insurance. He has promised that Americans with pre-existing conditions would continue to have coverage without annual or lifetime caps. He has promised that all Americans, regardless of socioeconomic status, would be covered.

“Tonight, despite general references to health care reforms such as tax credits and health savings accounts for buying insurance – which research has shown will disproportionately benefit upper income families -- he has stepped back from policies that will ensure all Americans have access to meaningful, affordable health care coverage.

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is disheartened by the president’s comments. Family physicians have long supported policies that ensure access to health care coverage for all Americans. They have cared for patients who have no insurance and continue to see the devastating effects of delayed or denied health services. Since 2010, family physicians have seen a significant increase in coverage in their states. They know what the consequences will be if Congress eliminates or dismantles current coverage provisions and patient protections.

“We will continue to advocate for meaningful, affordable health care for all. Furthermore, we will press the Trump administration to hold true to its promises to not cause millions of people to lose their health care coverage.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Meigs, contact Leslie Champlin at (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224 or lchampli@aafp.org

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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