Articles by L. Anthony Cirillo, MD
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed
into law on March 23, 2010, the year 2014 seemed a long way off. Now
that we are on the down side of 2013, the “big” changes of the ACA are
fast approaching. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain
By winning their contests in Nevada and California respectively, Drs.
Joe Heck and Raul Ruiz doubled the number of emergency physicians in
On March 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR-5 – the
Protecting Access to Healthcare Act – by a vote of 234-173. The Act,
which went strongly down the party line (only 11 democrats voted for the
bill) had broad support from ACEP as well as the AMA and a range of
other medical organizations.
Randy Jotte is ready for a challenge. An emergency physician at
Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an associate professor at Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Jotte is competing for
Missouri’s vacated 2nd Congressional seat.
John McGoff, MD, is an emergency physician from Indiana who has spent
his career running a community emergency department, serving in the Air
Force National Guard, and serving in a variety of civic leadership
posts. In 2008, McGoff – frustrated by the poor leadership in his
district – attempted the Herculean task of unseating a 13-term
congressman from his own republican party.
In 2010, Rep. Joe Heck became the first emergency physician (and first
osteopathic physician) elected to the US Congress. In addition to his
emergency physician skills, Rep. Heck brought to Washington a unique
skill set developed through years of military and specialized medical
As part of EPM’s commitment to encouraging emergency physicians to
become more effective advocates for our patients and our specialty,
we’ll be running a series of interviews with the emergency physicians
who will be candidates for congressional office in 2012.
With the House passage of the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act
Congress took a huge step toward passage of comprehensive health care reform. Even though the bulk of the reform bill was signed into law, it still has a second part, the Reconciliation Act of 2010
, which deals with some important things like a new tax on “investment income” to help pay for this massive program.
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