Medical Association of Georgia Endorses Austin Scott

Austin Scott has earned an endorsement by the Medical Association of Georgia in his venture to unseat incumbent Congressman Jim Marshall. (GA-8)

ATLANTA – The Medical Association of Georgia has endorsed State Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) in his bid to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Georgia’s 8th Congressional District.

“Representative Scott has been at the forefront of the effort to create a more favorable practice environment for physicians in Georgia,” says MAG President Gary C. Richter, M.D. “Of course, that practice environment goes hand-in-hand with ensuring that our patients have access to the medical care they need.”

In addition to the key role that he played in passing Certificate of Need (CON) reform in 2008, Dr. Richter says Rep. Scott has led the legislative charge for physicians in Georgia on a number of fronts, including…

· Trauma Network. Rep. Scott sought millions of additional dollars for the state’s trauma network on multiple occasions.

· Third Party Payers. Rep. Scott has actively promoted the MAG-sponsored prompt pay bill in Georgia to close the loopholes that have allowed self-funded and private third-party payers to get around the state’s prompt payment statute.

· Medicaid Reimbursement. Rep. Scott has actively opposed efforts to cut the Medicaid reimbursement rates for physicians in Georgia, which has significant ramifications for patients when it comes to physician accessibility.

“The bottom line is that Representative Scott has been an effective advocate for both physicians and patients in Georgia,” says Dr. Richter. “It is imperative that we support him in his bid for the U.S. Congress if we hope to achieve our vision for health care in this state.”

MAG is encouraging patients and physicians to visit to learn more about Rep. Scott’s campaign and to support him with a campaign contribution.


  1. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I didn’t see anything on their website indicating that they had endorsed others this year.

    I would hate to assume that their 2008 endorsements are just going to carry over…after all, I expect several of their 2008 candidates to have flip-flopped on the whole tort reform issue with the emergence of the tea party fad. Although, I haven’t seen any statements about how the milieu of tea party groups stands on tort reform. If they are “ideologically” consistent (and thus far we have failed to ever see ideological consistency from conservatives in the United States) they should not favor the tort reform the GOP has touted for years. Particularly in Georgia.

    I know the tea partier’s are not mature or intelligent enough to realize that arbitrary caps on awards (and any cap for that matter) violates our 7th Amendment civil liberties. They are supposed to be anti-establishment…although I have seen no evidence of this either. Either way, when malpractice insurance companies spend tens-of-thousands of dollars a year lobbying and contributing to republicans for the purposes of placing the value of the dollar above that of justice…I can not imagine why the Joe Blow tea partier would favor any candidate that gets a MAG endorsement.

    To go a step further…if a candidate gets endorsements from the establishment should they receive tea party support at all?

    Doesn’t matter. Unless the tea party actually becomes a political party it should fade away. A group can not be so splintered and have an agenda as diverse as a political party without forming a party and hope to survive.

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