Doctors for America

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Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students in the United States with a stated goal of improving affordable health care access. The movement was started in 2008 as "Doctors for Obama" and rapidly grew to 10,000 members within a few months.[1]

The group stated that it had a membership of 15,000 and a presence in all 50 states in October 2009.[2] The "four policy pillars" of the organization are expanding health insurance to all Americans; ensuring high-quality 21st-century care; expanding access to care; and improving practice environments for physicians in order to help them focus on improving patient care. The organization partnered with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Student Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association, and other organizations to promote health reform legislation in Congress to issue an July 30, 2009 open letter to all members of Congress publicly announcing their support for health reform legislation.[3]

Some commentators stated that this large coalition of doctors (the organizations collectively represented nearly 450,000) provided an important counterweight to the American Medical Association's organization's initial opposition to health reform in 2009;[4] later AMA statements supported health reform in principle.[5][6]

Doctors for America also organized a website, Voices of Physicians (, which allowed physicians to publicize their frustrations with the current health system and their recommendations for improvement,[7] and organized house meetings of physicians across the country to talk about health reform,[8] and interactive web talks with figures such as Jacob Hacker and Howard Dean,[9] and participated in White House meetings on health reform.[10]

On 14 November 2013, the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the Surgeon General of the United States.[11]


  1. ^ "'Doctors for America' launches". Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Doctors for America Takes Message to the White House; Doctors from every state make the case for health reform now - Doctors for America". Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Press Center -- News Releases & Statements". Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Voices of Physicians". Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Streamed and Interactive at 2:30: Health Reform Stakeholder Meeting with Physicians". 18 June 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  11. ^ Gil, Gideon (14 November 2013). "Obama nominating Dr. Vivek Murthy of Harvard and Brigham and Women’s as surgeon general". Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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