Family Physicians Endorse Representative Tracy O. King for Re-Election to District 80

April 24, 2012

AUSTIN – The political advocacy arm of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas’ largest physician specialty organization, has endorsed State Rep. Tracy King for re-election to Texas House District 80.

“Now, perhaps more than ever before, Texas needs qualified individuals in the House of Representatives who have a proven record of protecting patients,” said Dr. Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., TAFPPAC chairman. “Family physicians are supporting Tracy King because he will fight for affordable, quality health care that is accessible to all Texas families.”

During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. King:

  • Protected Texas’ Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Fought for affordable health insurance for individuals and small businesses;
  • Strengthened our public health safety net through initiatives to improve childhood immunization rates and address Texas’ childhood obesity epidemic; and
  • Supported sweeping patients’ rights reforms, including protecting patients and health care professionals from abusive tactics of HMOs.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of such a well-respected organization,” King said. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve patient care and health services to all Texans.”

“The spirited debate on health care funding and access to affordable health care coverage will continue into the next legislative session and much is at stake for our patients,” Van Winkle said. “Tracy King will 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 7,000 family physicians, residents, and medical students, promotes and assures the maintenance of high-quality health care. We provide our members with a unified voice for family medicine and continue to be one of the most patient-oriented, public health-focused organizations in Texas.



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