Institute for Public Accuracy
980 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * *

Monday, March 22, 2010

Interviews Available

STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER, M.D., M.P.H., cell: (617) 312-2766,
DAVID HIMMELSTEIN, M.D., cell: (617) 312-0970,
OLIVER FEIN, M.D., (212) 746-4030,
MARGARET FLOWERS, M.D., cell: (410) 591-0892,
MARK ALMBERG, (312) 782-6006, cell: (312) 622-0996,
Woolhandler and Himmelstein are professors of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program. Fein is president of the group, Flowers is president of the Maryland chapter and Almberg is communications director.

The group just released a statement: “Health Bill Leaves 23 Million Uninsured: A False Promise of Reform,” which states: “As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House’s passage of the health bill last night, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment of cancer.

“Instead of eliminating the root of the problem — the profit-driven, private health insurance industry — this costly new legislation will enrich and further entrench these firms. The bill would require millions of Americans to buy private insurers’ defective products, and turn over to them vast amounts of public money.”

See the full statement at:

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167.