Doctors are stepping up their efforts against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is signing petitions to urge Congress to defund the program.
“The coming Obamacare train wreck is set to destroy American medicine and the American economy,” the association’s website says. “It’s not too late to avert this disaster by immediately defunding and delaying implementation of Obamacare.”
The organization boasts two noted doctors – former Congressman Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul – as two of its most prominent members, and is asking physicians and patients alike to sign petitions opposing Obamacare.
The “Physician Petition” reads:
“My job, duty, and mission is to care for my patients, and Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes it impossible to fully fulfill my obligations. Therefore, as a medical professional I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”
The “Patient Petition” reads:
“I rely on the patient physician relationship to serve my best interests, but Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, forces the physician-government relationship to be placed ahead of me in the exam room. Therefore, as a patient reliant on good medical decision making and a responsive medical market I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”
Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for over 20 years, told BenSwann.com that the association will send the petition to members of the Congress.
“I think it’s extremely important for patients and doctors to understand what Obamacare means to the relationship they enjoy with one another,” Orient told BenSwann.com. “They need to understand what Obamacare means to American medicine. Patients and doctors must seek a way to decouple themselves from this train wreck.”
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons was organized in 1943 as a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all types of practices and specialties across the country, according to its website.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told the Weekly Standard in a July 31 interview that the Senate didn’t have the votes to defund Obamacare, admitting it would take the “American people [to] rise up in overwhelming numbers” to get it done.
In addition to the physicians’ petition, other groups are organizing grassroots efforts to defund the program. DontFundIt.com announced this week that its petition just passed the 1 million mark for signatures.