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Patients Over Politics Tour Rolls Into Durham

Partnership for a Healthy Durham, Lincoln Community Health Center to co-sponsor stop

Post Date:08/31/2012 1:00 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – Doctors for America’s Patients Over Politics Tour is a historic 12-day journey of doctors and patients from the Republican National Convention in Tampa to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Our message to politicians in both political parties and in cities along the way: “It’s time for opponents of health reform to stop obstructing the Affordable Care Act. It’s time for supporters of health reform to stand up for the Affordable Care Act.”

Doctors and patients are flying and driving in from 17 states to participate in the Patients Over Politics Tour. At each stop, doctors will be providing preventive care to the public, including blood pressure and diabetes screenings. Select stops along the route will feature declaration deliveries, where doctors and patients will present a declaration to America’s politicians signed by thousands of citizens in all 50 states that reads: “We, the undersigned, demand our politicians put Patients Over Politics. We must work together to build on the Affordable Care Act with further reforms and commit to a future where everyone can get health care when they need it.” Signers include top leaders in health care – deans of medical schools, leaders of health systems, and heads of national physician organizations.

“Those of us who know - who witness the tragedies of our health care system and who understand that the Affordable Care Act will save lives - we have to stand up. We have to speak up. We have to speak truth to power,” said Alice Chen, MD, Executive Director of Doctors for America. “If health reform falls to political pressures, we will never be able to face our patients, our country, or ourselves knowing there's something we could have done. Together, we can turn the tide and win once and for all a future, where we as a country, make sure that everyone can get the health care they need.”

Doctors and patients standing up for the Affordable Care Act because it saves lives

Doctors for America’s Patients Over Politics Tour
• Deliver Declarations of Support for Health Reform to Elected Leaders
• Town Hall Forums to bust myths about the impact of health reform on communities
• Blood Pressure Screenings

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

11:30am - 5:30pm:
Lincoln Community Health Center Health Fair, Health Reform Education,
and Press Conference

12:30pm - 1:30pm:
Presentation of Declarations of Support to Elected Officials

Time TBD:
Local Organizing Meeting (closed to press)

Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

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About Doctors for America
Doctors for America is a national movement of more than 15,000 physicians in all fifty states who are working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care.

About the Partnership for a Healthy Durham
The Partnership for a Healthy Durham, the certified Healthy Carolinians program for Durham County, is a coalition of local organizations and community members with the goal of collaboratively improving the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of Durham's residents.

About Lincoln Community Health Center
Lincoln Community Health Center is a primary health care facility operative in the Durham community since mid-September 1971. The center is accredited by The Joint Commission and offers a wide range of health services, including adult medicine, pediatrics, adolescent, dental, and behavioral health.


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