City Doctors Urge Congress to 'Do No Harm' to Affordable Care Act

Local doctors are calling on lawmakers to "do no harm" to the Affordable Care Act.

A group of local physicians joined the city health commissioner at a Lower East Side medical center. They are urging Congress not to strip insurance from patients who are covered under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Governor’s Office estimates more than 1.5 million New Yorkers would lose coverage if it is repealed.

"You can only be as good a physician as the system in which you operate allows you to be," said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. "So for a doctor to put her head down now, just do our job, see it narrowly as coming to work and see our patients when our patients are threatened by losing access to health care and other safety net programs, flies in the face of the oath that we all have taken."

The group also says it is outraged by proposals to defund Planned Parenthood and radically transform Medicare and Medicaid.

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