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PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Room Doctors Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor Citing His Commitment to Universal Healthcare

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Room Doctors Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor Citing His Commitment to Universal Healthcare

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For Immediate Release
January 24, 2018

EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTORS ENDORSE ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR CITING HIS COMMITMENT TO UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Emergency Medical Political Action Committee, sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor citing his unwavering commitment to creating quality and universal healthcare for all Californians.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the men and women who work in emergency rooms saving lives. I grew up in a neighborhood where going to the doctor was a luxury, and in that community, our primary and specialty healthcare was provided in emergency rooms,” said Villaraigosa. “Along with the Emergency Physicians and so many others I believe in universal healthcare, which is why I authored—and passed—the Healthy Families program, expanding health coverage to 750,000 California children.”

“We are proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said said Dr. Aimee Moulin, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter “He is committed to defending and improving the Affordable Care Act. One in three Californians are insured through Medi-Cal as a result of the Affordable Care Act. While an important achievement, on every single shift, emergency physicians see insured patients who do not have access to specialty and primary care. For example, a child with a severely broken arm, who after an initial visit to the ER, can’t get in to see an orthopedist despite being on MediCal and whose parents have no choice, but to bring her back to the ER for follow-up care. We look forward to working together to realize the promise of the ACA and deliver not just insurance, but meaningful healthcare to all.”

In recent weeks healthcare has been at the forefront of the debate in the race for Governor. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom doubled down on his support of SB562, a bill that would end Medicare as we know it, require up to $200 billion in new state taxes and eliminate successful health plans like Kaiser.

Villaraigosa has reiterated his support for universal healthcare, but said SB562 is the wrong path to universal and quality coverage.

The California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (California ACEP), represents emergency physicians treating Californians in more than 14.5 million emergency department visits annually. California ACEP’s mission is to support emergency physicians in providing the highest quality of care to all patients and to their communities.

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