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There may soon be a female Democratic doctor in the House

Written by Diane Archer

Erin Mershon of StatNews reports that, over the last almost 60 years, there have been 49 physicians who have become members of Congress. Of that group, only a few have been Democrats and only two have been women. None has been a Democrat and a woman. A grassroots organization is working to change history and put some female Democratic doctors in the House and Senate.

A group of 8,000 Democratic doctors who are women, led by Dr. Ramsey Ellis, is supporting eight female Democratic physician candidates for Congress this year. Dr. Ellis was a grassroots organizer for Hillary Clinton. Now, she is heading Physician Women for Democratic Principles in order to help ensure there are more women and more physicians governing our country and leading the public debate on health issues.

Imagine how Democratic physician women policymakers might have shaped and improved on Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act had they been our representatives in Congress when these major pieces of legislation were being debated. Only two Republican female physicians have ever served in Congress, Reps. Nan Hayworth of New York and Shelley Sekula-Gibbs of Texas. Today, there are 15 physicians in Congress, all are men and 13 of them Republicans.

With one third of the physicians in the US female, it seems reasonable that five physicians in Congress would be female. Similarly, about half of physicians are Democrats. If the physicians in Congress reflected the national pool of physicians, seven or eight of them would be Democrats, not just two of them.

Stat interviewed several Congressional candidates who are physicians to understand why they were running for office. Their primary reason: To solve the health care problems presented by the Affordable Care Act. Candidates who are members of Physician Women for Democratic Principles want to strengthen the ACA and Medicaid. Not surprisingly, Republican physician candidates want to repeal the ACA and slash Medicaid funding.

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  • anyone – woman, man or one of the numerous other sexes – who supports hillary clinton offers nothing different than one of the rich people who financially supported her in the past: donald trump…whether that creature is a doctor, lawyer, sex worker , truck driver, gay latino jew or agnostic irish albino makes no difference…if it supports one of them it is part of the problem, not the solution

  • Frank Scott, don’t let your animosity for Trump and Clinton cloud your vision for the future. The ACA is far from perfect but in its absence consumers will have no protections against abusive insurance practices. The best we can hope for in the near term is to strengthen the ACA. The provisions the Trump administration has imposed are weakening the law. The mandate needs to be re-instituted along with provisions to encourage more competition and freer access. Make insurers that want to market to groups be required to also market to individuals and families. Require insurers to open their networks to any willing provider. Restore the risk corridor program by funding reimbursements from the general fund. The federal government should resume paying for the cost savings reductions. Finally a public option should be introduced to see if a single payer model can compete with private insurance. Even Medicare for all advocate Bernie Sanders admitted that this would be a logical intermediate step.

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