Bay County Doctors Endorse Southerland, Take Graham to Task For Supporting Obamacare

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PANAMA CITY, FL – U.S. Rep Steve Southerland and Bay County doctors hosted a press conference at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City today to announce the endorsement of the Bays Medical Society and the support of the Florida Medical Association for his reelection campaign.  In contrast to Southerland’s support for patient-centered reforms that improve access to affordable, quality health care, opponent Gwen Graham has expressed her continued support for Obamacare.

“I’m honored to have the support of the hardworking doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who help keep our communities healthy,” said Southerland.  “Doctors take an oath to ‘first, do no harm,’ and they know better than anyone how harmful government-run health care has been for local families.  Unfortunately, that message hasn’t gotten through to Gwen Graham, who continues to shift between supporting Obamacare and running from the question.  When you’re more interested in currying favor with Nancy Pelosi than you are in listening to our doctors and patients, you’re writing North and Northwest Florida a prescription for disaster.”

“Steve is the only candidate in this race who opposes Obamacare,” said Jon Ward, M.D., past president of the Bays Medical Society and member of the Board of Governors for the Florida Medical Association.  “Steve supports letting patients choose the health care plans and their physicians, and has fought for adequate Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals so our seniors can get the care they deserve.  Gwen Graham, on the other hand, has stuck to the Nancy Pelosi playbook, dodging questions and refusing to fight government control of health care.  As doctors, we know we can’t trust Gwen Graham to put the needs of our patients first, and that’s why we’re proud to endorse Steve Southerland for Congress.”


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