The Mississippi Medical Political Action Committee (MMPAC) announced today the endorsement of Tate Reeves for Lieutenant Governor in the Republican primary election August 2 and the general election November 8, 2011.
Dr. Randy Easterling commented that as State Treasurer, Reeves has been an advocate of issues important to physicians. "Tate Reeves not only has been an advocate of tort reform, but his record as Treasurer and his campaign agenda of lower taxes, less government spending and a focus on job creation appeals to physicians, who are also small business owners," said Dr. Easterling, Chairman of MMPAC.
"Tate Reeves' support of continuing investments in the Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is important to encourage medical students to enter the field of primary care and locate their practices in Mississippi communities that are the most in need. We look forward to working with Tate Reeves as Lt. Governor to increase access to care for citizens in underserved areas," continued Dr. Easterling.
MMPAC's own research shows that 4,256 office-based physicians created a total of $5 billion in direct and indirect economic output in 2009 and supported more than 24,200 jobs as a result. "While physicians are primarily concerned with caring for patients, it's important to remember that we also play a vital role in the state and local economy by creating jobs, purchasing goods and services, and supporting public programs through tax revenues created by that economic activity," said Dr. Easterling.
"Mississippi physicians enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of Tate Reeves for Lt. Governor and urge all voters to support him," Dr. Easterling said, "because Reeves is a healthy choice for Mississippi."