AAFP Statement: Family Physicians Commend Congress for Overriding Veto of HR 6331

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Statement Attributable to:
James King, M.D.
American Academy of Family Physicians

Family physicians across the nation commend the U.S. House and Senate for overriding President Bush’s veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (HR 6331). This vote demonstrates Congress’ understanding that uninterrupted access to health care for America’s elderly or disabled patients and our military families takes precedence over protecting private insurance plan profits.

We applaud Congress for taking the side of patients in their vote to override President Bush’s veto. HR 6331 will provide the time Congress needs to both reform the Medicare physician payment system and implement the medical home concept. Such reforms will ensure access to personal physicians and help rein in costs by ending our duplicative, fragmented system of health care.

Contact: Leslie Champlin, Senior Public Relations Strategist
800-274-2237, Ext. 5224

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