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More Doctors Are Leaning Left (Guests: Jane Orient, Roger Klein, Adam Habig)

October 28, 2019

Three Heartland policy advisors weigh in on a trend reported in the Wall Street Journal that more physicians identify as Democrats than Republicans. Orient, Klein and Habig discuss why this is happening and whether the public needs to be concerned.

A new Gallup poll shows that 35 percent of physicians are Democrats, 27 percent are Republicans and 36 percent, Independents. This is a large demographic shift from decades earlier when physicians ran more independent practices and identified as Republican. Now more physicians are employees with large health care systems. 

Three policy advisors with The Heartland Institute discuss this trend and why the public ought to be concerned as medical practices look to shift away from small and independent clinics to large, possibly even government run collectives.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy
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Jane M. Orient, M.D. is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.
janeorientmd@gmail.com @jorient
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Dr. Roger D. Klein, M.D., J.D., is a physician, attorney and health policy expert with specific interests in drug pricing, precision medicine, and healthcare delivery systems. He is also a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute.
Roger@RogerDKlein.com @RogerDKlein
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Adam R. Habig is president and co-founderof Freedom Healthworks.
ahabig@freedomhealthworks.com @FreedomDPC