In September of last year, American Medical Association CEO James Madara wrote a letter to Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, urging them to abandon the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It wasn’t his first such letter. The Republicans’ latest attempt at repeal—this time it was the Graham-Cassidy Amendment —“violates the precept of ‘first do no harm,’” Madara wrote, because it would kick millions of people off their insurance and decrease access to healthcare. Of course, that precept, with origins in the Hippocratic oath, doesn’t apply to McConnell and Schumer. It theoretically does, however, apply to one of the authors of that amendment, Dr. Bill Cassidy, a senator from Louisiana, along with the other handful of physicians currently serving in the United States Congress. Most of them didn’t care about Madara’s warning. At the moment there are 14 doctors on Capitol Hill (and a few dentists). Twelve of those are Republicans. All of them are men. The only two who are not white are the only two Democrats. On the Republican side, these healers have taken positions and supported policies that, by any reasonable measure, do absurd amounts of harm. The makeup of this group of physicians does not… Read full this story
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