ACC President Comments on Government Shutdown

Contact: Stephanie Abraham,, 202-308-8574

“The American College of Cardiology is relieved the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis is over for the time being, and we now wish for congress to focus on finding a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR). There is no room for pushing patients to the brink of facing significant Medicare cuts the way the shutdown and debt ceiling debate was treated. There is currently bipartisan support for a permanent SGR repeal and Congress should immediately build on that spirit of cooperation and work together to solve problems facing this nation.”


The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 43,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards, and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit


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