The college, along with 20 surgical groups, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying it is prepared to mobilize opposition to the Senate bill if the chambers package does not include several measures, including a permanent fix to the physician payment system under Medicare.
The group said it supports health care reforms generally. But we cannot support legislation that puts at risk both quality of care and patient access, said A. Brent Eastman, chairman of the American College of Surgeons board of regents, in a press statement. Our system is badly in need of reform but if the legislation does not address these concerns, it will do little to fix its underlying problems and may make it worse.
Other groups that signed the letter include the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery, among others.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.