Former AMA President Thanks Candidate for Working to Eliminate Health Care Mandate

CPPR Spokesman Donald Palmisano encourages all candidates to take similar action

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights (CPPR) spokesman and former AMA president, Donald J. Palmisano, MD, today thanked Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich for signing the “Health Care Freedom Amendment” a citizen’s initiative meant to nullify the Affordable Care Act’s health-care mandate in Ohio.

“The health care mandate forces all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine and is one of the most egregious aspects of the recently passed health care law,” said Dr. Palmisano. “The federal government should not penalize private citizens for failing to purchase health insurance, and I encourage all candidates, including Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, to stand up for patients by working towards eliminating the individual mandate.

According to The Ohio Project’s website, the "Healthcare Freedom Amendment" would “protect Ohioans from the financial burdens of complying with new federal mandates and from the fines or penalties resulting from non-compliance.” Notably, the amendment has also been signed by current House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

John Kasich, a former Republican congressman from Ohio, is currently engaged in a close electoral race with Ohio’s current Governor, Democrat Ted Strickland.

The Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights fought for patient-centered health care reform and opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of the new law’s emphasis on expanding government control over health care decisions.

About the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights: The Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition made up of over 10,000 doctors, health care providers, advocacy groups, and concerned citizens who are dedicated to the implementation of patient-centered health care reform that will improve patient care. For more information, visit the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights website at Also, check out CPPR’s Facebook account here, and its Twitter feed at PatientsNOW.


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