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Texas Medical Association Rescinds Endorsement of John Cornyn

by: David Mauro

Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 04:25 PM CDT

John Cornyn's vote to cut Medicare funding for physicians by 10 percent seems to have some consequences, the Statesman's Jason Embry reports.

The political action committee of the Texas Medical Association, furious about a Thursday night vote on a Medicare-funding bill, is going to rescind its endorsement of Sen. John Cornyn’s reelection bid, association spokesman Brent Annear said.

Cornyn and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison voted to stall a bill that would have prevented a 10 percent cut in Medicare funding for physicians, prompting an unusually harsh reaction from the medical association, which has 43,000 members and is one of the most powerful trade groups in Texas politics.

Maybe the recent polling in this race had something to do with their decision, too. There's no reason for groups like the TMA to put up with disrespect and repeated failures from Cornyn when we have a viable and exciting alternative like Rick Noriega.

If Noriega can stay close in the polls and post some good fundraising numbers, the TMA won't be the last group to ditch Big John.


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big impact (0.00 / 0)
Should Noriega earn this endorsement, it would have a huge impact on his campaign.

It isn't the number of members of TMA, it is the message it sends to voters learning about Noriega's candidacy.

Things have changed in DC and the repubs being in the majority certainly makes this decision much easier for TMA.

Please refer to KT's signature.

I agree (0.00 / 0)
Its much more the message than the membership. But I do recall Tony Sanchez getting their endorsement in 2002, so its effect should not be too overstated.

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So, is it Big John (0.00 / 0)
or Bad John?

I like the play (0.00 / 0)
Thanks Elsbeth. We need to run with that play. Actually either will work considering John is way too much in bed with big biz like Halliburton and the likes.

Let the fun begin!

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in a recent email (0.00 / 0)
Campaign manager Mark Bell called him "Big BAD John" so maybe its both.

[ Parent ]
I like this, too (0.00 / 0)
"Really BIG, Really, Really, Really Bad, Really Bad, Bad, Really BAD John."

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Where's Buck? (0.00 / 0)
Shouldn't he be explaining how this is a good thing to us?

Not Enough (0.00 / 0)
Yep, those doctor's don't make enough money. And I'm sure the endorsement from them will sway a lot of votes from the elderly.

Or is it, he just hopes to pick up some campaign money?

If Cornyn's bad vote (3.00 / 1)
can help Rick win, all the better in the long run.  Meanwhile, my parents who reside in Texas half the year have had great difficulty finding a primary care physician in Fort Worth who will take medicare patients and if this 10% cut comes to pass, their primary care doctor in Virginia says he will have to drop them.  So, at the stage of life when many people have a myriad of medical issues, getting consistent quality health care becomes more and more difficult.  It is not right.  

Big Bad John (0.00 / 0)
would say, "So what!"

So, at the stage of life when many people have a myriad of medical issues, getting consistent quality health care becomes more and more difficult.  It is not right.

He's BAD. Hes BIG BAD John.

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TEXPAC Decision (0.00 / 0)
Thanks for the coverage of our vote of no confidence in Senator Cornyn following his and Senator Hutchison's two bad votes to stop Medicare cuts. But I want to point out, unequivocally, that "recent polling" in the cornyn-Noriega race had absolutely nothing to do with TEXPAC's decision to withdraw our endrosement of Senator Cornyn.

Steve Levine
VP, Communication
Texas Medical Association

Director of Communications Texas Medical Association

The free market works -- as long as we put more money into it than it would cost the gov't (0.00 / 0)
The reason Bush says he'd veto it is that it pays for the doctor fee fix by taking away money from Medicare Advantage -- the private plans that Medicare enrollees can opt into.

Currently Medicare Advantage plans are payed between 8 and 20% more for patient care than doctors under traditional Medicare, meanwhile they pay doctors less than traditional Medicare does.  

While traditional Medicare has low single digit administrative loss ratios, the Medicare Advantage plans have high single digit to double digit ALRs, PLUS they have to pay profits to shareholders.  

The GOPers complain that Dems are trying to get rid of Medicare Advantage plans as a prefatory action to moving the US toward a single-payer system.  Pete Sessions recently fell back on the same excuses in defending his vote against this bill in the House (some Texas Rs voted for it -- Hall, McCaul, Burgess, Smith, Poe), but the alternative the GOP offers is far worse and less efficient than the long-standing single-payer Medicare system has ever been.

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