‘Doctors for America’ launches — White House’s botched ‘op’ — Doctors from All 50 States Come to Support Health Insurance Reform — Word from the White House: President Obama Welcomes Doctors from Around the Country — BACKGROUND ON THE PRESIDENT’S ROSE GARDEN EVENT WITH DOCTORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

USA OBAMA HEALTH CARE(L to R); Dr. Mona Mangat of St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Hershey Garner of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dr. Richard A. Evans of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and Dr. Amanda McKinney of Beatrice, Nebraska.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Political Contributions

Dr Evans: Obama: $656 Q3 2008

Dr Garner:  Obama: $2,684  Q1 2008 –  Kerry: $1,000 – Q1 2004 = DNC: $1,000 – Q1 2004

Dr McKinney: Obama: $1,600 Q2 2008 – Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee: $250 Q2 2008


Ben Smith – May 04, 2009

‘Doctors for America’ launches

This may not wind up being decisive in the health care fight, but the organizing gap between the two sides continues to widen.

Sen. Max Baucus and the Center for American Progress Action Fund are announcing a new group on a conference call later this morning: Doctors for America, which is a reincarnation of Doctors for Obama, an arm of the Obama campaign that boasted more than 10,000 members.

The question of patients’ relationships with their doctors is always a flashpoint in debating changes to the health care system, so doctors are often particularly credible messengers.

Today they’ll “release new reports detailing the depth and breadth of America’s health care crisis and announce a new effort to amplify physicians’ voices in support of health care reform,” according to the advisory.


We are less than two weeks away from what may be one of the most defining presidential elections of our time. And we are choosing between two candidates who have proposed starkly different visions of our country’s future. More than ever, we need doctors, nurses and healthcare providers to make their voices heard in the current national debate on healthcare. Like many healthcare professionals, we believe that our country needs fundamental healthcare reform.

We also believe that we need strong leadership and sound policies in order to reduce the influence of big moneyed interests and make healthcare more affordable and accessible. Senator Obama and his health plan will give us the best chance of achieving these goals.

[Note: Doctors for Obama is an independent grassroots organization of physicians and medical students who support Sen. Barack Obama and the Obama health plan. We are engaged in phonebanking, canvassing, and advocacy in battleground states. Doctors for Obama is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization and proceeds from this store go towards covering our website and organizational expenditures.

Sources:  Doctors for Obama & Organizing For America

White House’s botched ‘op’

NY Post – By CHARLES HURT, Post Correspondent Last Updated: 8:56 AM, October 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday rolled out the red carpet — and handed out doctors’ white coats as well, just so nobody missed his hard-sell health-care message.

In a heavy-handed attempt at reviving support for health-care reform, the White House orchestrated a massive photo op to buttress its claim that front-line physicians support Obama.

A sea of 150 white-coated doctors, all enthusiastically supportive of the president and representing all 50 states, looked as if they were at a costume party as they posed in the Rose Garden before hearing Obama’s pitch for the Democratic overhaul bills moving through Congress.

The physicians, all invited guests, were told to bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras captured the image.

But some docs apparently forgot, failing to meet the White House dress code by showing up in business suits or dresses.

So the White House rustled up white coats for them and handed them to the suited physicians who had taken seats in the sun-splashed lawn area.

All this to provide a visual counter to complaints from other doctors that pending legislation is bad news for the medical profession.

“Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do,” Obama told his guests.

The president was flanked by four white-coated doctors at a podium as he delivered his pep talk.

“When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health-care system best,” the president said.

“I want to thank every single doctor who is here,” Obama said. “And I especially want to thank you for agreeing to fan out across the country and make the case about why this reform effort is so desperately needed.”

Underlying the strictly photo-op nature of the event, The Associated Press noted that Obama broke no new ground in his remarks.

The president told the doctors that if they back him, “I’m confident we are going to get health reform passed this year.”

The Republican National Committee shot back with a response from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who was an orthopedic surgeon before being elected to Congress.

“Today, the president wants you to believe that the medical community supports his government takeover of health care. Don’t be fooled,” Price said.

He said he had spoken to “thousands of my colleagues” who oppose the Democrats’ legislation.

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) said large numbers of doctors fear it would cripple their ability to care for patients.

“Members of the medical community — who deal with red tape day in and day out — rightly recognize that the Democrats’ government takeover would weaken the doctor-patient relationship that is so critical to making the right health-care decisions,” he said…]

USA OBAMA HEALTH CAREA White House staffer hands out lab coats to audience members prior to US President Barack Obama’s remarks on Health Care reform in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. USA 05 October 2009. EPA/SHAWN THEW

White House Propaganda Ministry Blog

Doctors from All 50 States Come to Support Health Insurance Reform

It might seem merely symbolic that there were doctors from all 50 states here at the White House, but it’s symbolic of a deep truth about the health insurance reform debate. As the President said today, “when you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health care system best — the doctors and nurses of America.”

He continued:
These men and women here would not be supporting health insurance reform if they really believed that it would lead to government bureaucrats making decisions that are best left to doctors.  They wouldn’t be here today if they believed that reform in any way would damage the very critical and sacred doctor-patient relationship.
Instead, the reason these doctors are here is because they have seen firsthand what’s broken about our health care system.  They’ve seen what happens when their patients can’t get the care they need because some insurance company has decided to drop their coverage or water it down.  They’ve seen what happens when a patient is forced to pay out of pocket thousands of dollars she doesn’t have for treatments that she desperately needs.  They’ve seen what happens when patients don’t come in for regular check-ups or screenings because either their insurance company doesn’t cover it or they can’t afford insurance in the first place.  And they’ve seen far too much of time that they want to devote to taking care of patients spent filling out forms and haggling with insurance companies about payments.
So these doctors know what needs to be fixed about our health care system.  And they know that health insurance reform will do — that it will go a long way towards making patients healthier and doctors and nurses to be able to perform that — those tasks that are so important to them and led them into medicine in the first place.

OBAMA/U.S. President Barack Obama waves to doctors in attendance from across the country after making remarks on the need for health insurance reform in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, October 5, 2009.    REUTERS/Jim Young

White House Propaganda Ministry Blog

Word from the White House: President Obama Welcomes Doctors from Around the Country

It’s no secret that institutions of all stripes focus their communications on certain messages day to day. We thought it would all be a little more open and transparent if we went ahead and published what our focus will be for the day, along with any related articles, reports or documents.
Talking Points: President Obama Welcomes Doctors from around the Country
· Today, President Obama will welcome doctors from across the United States to the White House to share their unique perspective on the struggles that American families face every day when it comes to health care.
· These doctors know as well as anyone that inaction is no longer an option as so many people from all across America face rising costs and growing insecurity with their health insurance.
· They have seen firsthand what’s broken about our health care system.
o They have seen what happens when their patients can’t get the care they need because their coverage has been watered down or are forced to pay thousands of dollars they don’t have for the care they need.
o They’ve seen what happens when patients can’t get regular screenings or checkups, and they’ve seen far too much of their time spent on filling out forms and haggling with insurance company bureaucrats.
· That’s why they have decided to join the President in pushing for health insurance reform this year.
· They also know that, despite the scary rumors being spread by defenders of the status quo, health insurance reform will not put government bureaucrats between doctors and patients.
o They wouldn’t be coming to the White House to push for reform if they thought it would damage that sacred doctor-patient relationship.
· President Obama’s health insurance reform plan will give Americans who have insurance unprecedented security and stability.
It will give Americans without insurance quality, affordable options.  And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.

91422379WM011_Obama_Meet_WiMedical doctors wait for U.S. President Barack Obama to arrive in the Rose Garden for an event at the White House on October 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama met wtih doctors from all over the country who are joining him in pushing for health insurance reform.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Office of the Press Secretary
October 5, 2009


Four doctors will stand on stage behind the President during his remarks.

Dr. Hershey Garner (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Dr. Garner earned his B.B.A. in Management/Finance from Baylor University in 1975, completed his Juris Doctor in 1980 at Baylor, and received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Campus in 1986. Currently residing and working in Northwest Arkansas, Dr. Garner practices Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Mona Mangat (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Dr. Mangat is Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She completed her Allergy/Immunology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and her combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at University of Tennessee, Memphis/LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Mangat received her medical degree at the six year combined BS/MD program at Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Dr. Mangat has been in solo private practice since 2007 in St. Petersburg, FL where she resides with her four children and husband.

Dr. Richard A. Evans (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine)
Dr. Evans is currently the President of the Medical Staff and member of the Board of Trustees at the Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Dr. Evans has been in private practice as a general surgeon at the Mayo Regional Hospital since 2003. Prior to that time he served as Medical Staff President at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias, ME and as a general surgeon, Flight Surgeon and Hospital Commander in the U.S. Air Force. During his Air Force career, he was based out of several states including Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Maine. He also served as President of the Maine Medical Association from 2001-2002. Dr. Evans completed his general surgery residency at the Cooper Medical Center in Camden, NJ in 1980. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Amanda McKinney (Beatrice, Nebraska)
Dr. McKinney grew up in rural Nebraska (Odell, pop. 300) and attended Doane College in Crete, NE where she was an Academic All American in the heptathlon. She attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center for medical school and completed a year of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency before transferring to the University of California, Irvine to complete her residency. She remained in Irvine for a year-long fellowship in Urogynecology. Upon completion Dr. McKinney moved back to Beatrice, NE where she currently practices.

The audience will be composed of approximately 150 doctors, including the doctors listed below, representing all 50 states.

Dr. Paul Davis (Perryville, AK)
Dr. Sonia Vishin (Birmingham, AL)
Dr. Hershey Garner (Fayetteville, AR)
Dr. Susan Wilder (Scottsdale, AZ)
Dr. Alice Chen (Los Angeles, CA)
Dr. Lila Rosenthal (Boulder, CO)
Dr. Dan Fass (Riverside, CT)
Dr. Michael Newman (Washington, DC)
Dr. Robert Walter (Wilmington, DE)
Dr. Mona Mangat (St. Petersburg, FL)
Dr. Jason Schneider (Atlanta, GA)
Dr. Felicia Froe (Honolulu, HI)
Dr. Peter Kaboli (Iowa City, IA)
Dr. Timothy McHugh (Meridian, ID)
Dr. Ram Krishnamoorthi (Chicago, IL)
Dr. Andrew Loehrer (Indianapolis, IN)
Dr. Robyn Liu (Tribune, KS)
Dr. Susan Bornstein (Louisville, KY)
Dr. Stanton “Mark” McKenna (New Orleans, LA)
Dr. Vivek Murthy (Boston, MA)
Dr. Zaneb Beams (Ellicott City, MD)
Dr. Richard Evans (Dover-Foxcroft, ME)
Dr. Stephen Patrick (Ann Arbor, MI)
Dr. Nathan Bahr (Minneapolis, MN)
Dr. Hope Tinker (Fayette, MO)
Dr. Persharon Dixon (Biloxi, MS)
Dr. Meg Sarnecki (Missoula, MT)
Dr. Dain Vines (Raleigh, NC)
Dr. Biron Baker (Bismarck, ND)
Dr. Amanda McKinney (Beatrice, NE)
Dr. Nick Perencevich (Concord, NH)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Dr. Elaine Bradshaw (Santa Fe, NM)
Dr. Arezo Fathie (Las Vegas, NV)
Dr. Alexander Blum (New York, NY)
Dr. Peter Embi (Cincinnati, OH)
Dr. Boyd Shook (Oklahoma City, OK)
Dr. Anita Henderson (Bend, OR)
Dr. John Maris (Philadelphia, PA)
Dr. Nirali Bora (Providence, RI)
Dr. Tracy Nelson (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Dr. Nancy Babbitt (Rapid City, SD)
Dr. Jill Jones (Nashville, TN)
Dr. Winfred Parnell (Dallas, TX)
Dr. Robin Poppen (Sandy, UT)
Dr. Riva Kamat (Fairfax, VA)
Dr. James Wallace (Burlington, VT)
Dr. Gary Goldbaum (Everett, WA)
Dr. Jan Sarnecki (Neenah, WI)
Dr. Zarpash Babar (Charleston, WV)
Dr. William Portilla (Laramie, WY)


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