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Presidential Candidate Talks To Chiropractors


October 23, 2008
By Maria DiDanieli

October 23, Chicago, IL – The following is a letter, dated October 13, 2008, by United States presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, addressing the profession of chiropractic. 

Dear Friends,

I
am glad to have this opportunity to again share my thoughts on the role
doctors of chiropractic play in the American health care system. As I
have said before, doctors of chiropractic play an important role in our
health care system, and my commitment to you and your patients remains
strong.

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As
I have said, I believe steps should be taken to acknowledge the
important care provided by doctors of chiropractic. We need to knock
down unreasonable barriers of access and discriminatory insurance
coverage so Americans in need of quality chiropractic care can access
it without difficulty. We need to expand the range of chiropractic
services covered by Medicare, facilitate integration of doctors of
chiropractic into the health care systems of the Department of Veterans
Affairs and Department of Defense, and allow commission of doctors of
chiropractic as officers in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public
Health Service. And again, under my health care plan, many, if not all,
chiropractic services would be included in the benefit package offered
in the public plan.

America
faces challenges both at home and abroad. To remain competitive, we
must ensure that our health care system is accessible for every
American. That is why my plan ensures quality, accessible heath care
for all Americans. Doctors of chiropractic will play an important role
in achieving this goal. I look forward to a strong relationship with
the ACA as we build that future together.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

Please follow this link to view the letter in its original form:

Barack-Obama-Chiropractic-Medicare.pdf

Current reports suggest that, despite repeated attempts, American DCs have not been able to obtain a statement on the profession by Senator John McCain.