AUSTIN – The political advocacy arm of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas’ largest physician specialty organization, has endorsed State Rep. John Raney for re-election to Texas House District 14.
“Texas faces a severe shortage of primary care physicians to care for our growing and aging population,” said Dr. Justin Bartos, MD, TAFPPAC chairman. “Family physicians are supporting John Raney because he is firmly committed to investing in the education and training of our physician workforce to care for our communities.”
During his tenure in the Texas House, Rep. Raney has:
- Supported innovative Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs to grow our physician workforce and keep them in the communities where they train;
- Cut unnecessary administrative hassles, paperwork and waste from our health care system;
- Championed comprehensive medical liability reforms to ensure patients’ access to health care;
- Passed sweeping patients’ rights reforms, including protecting patients and health care professionals from abusive tactics of health insurers;
- Fought for affordable health insurance for individuals and small businesses; and
- Strengthened our public health safety net through initiatives to improve childhood immunization rates and address Texas’ childhood obesity epidemic.
“The spirited debate on health care funding and access to care will continue next legislative session and much is at stake for our patients,” Dr. Bartos said. “John Raney will work to ensure our health care dollars are spent efficiently and will be a steadfast advocate for our patients.”
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians the state’s largest medical specialty organization representing more than 8,000 family physicians, residents, and medical students. TAFP promotes and assures the maintenance of high-quality health care and it provides its members with a unified voice for family medicine. It continues to be one of the most patient-oriented, public health-focused organizations in Texas.