An event set for Aug. 7 in San Diego will bring together doctors who are members or supporters of the Tea Party movement and United States Senate candidate from Nevada Sharron Angle, who has been an outspoken opponent of the administration’s healthcare reform.
National Doctors Tea Party was organized in response to the misconceptions surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed into law by President Obama in March. In particular, the participants want to highlight the dangers they believe will face the system once the reform’s provisions are implemented, including government bureaucrats deciding on treatment options, cost overruns and longer wait times for patients.
“We want the public to know that the American Medical Association does not speak for all doctors,” added Dr. Adam Dorin, a San Diego physician who co-organized the event. “Only 17 percent of practicing physicians belong to the AMA.”
Sharron Angle gained notoriety earlier this year when she suggested bartering for healthcare as a way to reduce cost. However, despite her Democratic opponent’s unpopularity, recent polls have showed the two in a dead heat.
In fact, according to a Mason-Dixon survey conducted for The Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV, 43 percent of likely voters support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and 42 percent are backing Angle.