Thousands of physicians announced their disagreement with the American Medical Association’s (AMA) support for Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
More than 5,000 physicians penned an open letter to AMA, noting the association does not speak for them in its statement, which notes Price’s experience as a physician and legislator and his work in the development of health policies to “advance patient choice and market-based solutions.”
The physicians announced their lack of support for Price’s proposed policies on Medicaid and Medicare, including his plan to privatize Medicare.
“We support patient choice. But Dr. Price’s proposed policies threaten to harm our most vulnerable patients and limit their access to healthcare. We cannot support the dismantling of Medicaid, which has helped 15 million Americans gain health coverage since 2014. We oppose Dr. Price’s proposals to reduce funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a critical mechanism by which poor children access preventative care. We wish to protect essential health benefits like treatment for opioid use disorder, prenatal care, and access to contraception.”
“Americans ought to know that the AMA does not represent us, and that we do not ascribe to Dr. Price’s views.”