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South Texas Doctors: Cornyn is Big Bad John

by: David Mauro

Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 03:10 PM CDT

We reported last Friday that the Texas Medical Association had rescinded its endorsement of John Cornyn after his vote on a Medicare bill. As one might expect, the Border Health Caucus isn't too thrilled with Cornyn's broken promises, either.

From the Rio Grande Guardian, one of the best online publications around:

The Border Health Caucus says it now feels sick over the way Cornyn, R-Texas, voted on a Medicare reimbursement rate bill. The group, which represents more than 9,000 physicians from South Texas and the border region, says it agrees that Cornyn could be described as "Big Bad John." However, it does not use the description in a friendly way.

“Instead of practicing public policy, Senator Cornyn practiced political policy,” El Paso physician Manuel Acosta, chair of the Border Health Caucus, told the Guardian. “He marched to the tune of President Bush again. In his video, Senator Cornyn likes to portray himself as Big Bad John. Well, we agree. He is Big Bad John.” ...

Acosta added that for months Cornyn and Hutchison had promised physicians they would not let the reimbursement rate cut take place on July 1. He said with last week’s vote they had broken that promise. He proceeded to send Cornyn a sternly worded letter.

“The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is outraged that you made the decision to follow the direction of the Bush Administration and voted to protect health insurance companies at the expense of America’s seniors, those with disabilities, and military families,” Acosta wrote.

The Border region will lose doctors because John Cornyn broke a promise. I hope groups like TEXPAC and the Border Health Caucus continue to hold Cornyn accountable for consistently putting partisan politics before what's right for Texans.

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What Big Bad John Says in Texas (0.00 / 0)
is the exact opposite of what he does in Washington.  

According to an article in the Houston  Chronicle on Saturday:

The Texas Medical Association political committee on Friday withdrew its support for the re-election of Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn because he voted against a bill to stop a planned 10.6 percent cut in doctors' Medicare payments.

Medical association officials said the cut, which is set to take effect July 1, will force them to choose between their finances and their elderly patients.

Cornyn said he voted against the measure because it was a partisan ploy and "election-year grandstanding" by Democrats rather than a real effort to solve the problem.

The physicians group began the day criticizing both Cornyn and senior U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for their votes against the bill on Thursday.

Association President Dr. Josie R. Williams of Paris said they "chose to protect insurance companies profits instead of protecting our patients' health."

By the end of the day, the association's political committee, TEXPAC, had withdrawn its backing of Cornyn, saying its board was "outraged."

It is comforting to know the physicians in Texas finally caught on to something many constituents have known for some time.  John Cornyn represents the interests of big business and not those of the people he is supposed to serve.  

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