Ohio Physicians Endorse Incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

Press Release • June 28, 2018
by Reggie Fields, OSMA Director of External & Professional Relations

A track record of bettering patient access to quality medical care and proven leadership on key national health-related policy has earned incumbent U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown an endorsement from the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA), the state’s largest physician-led organization.

“We chose to endorse Senator Brown because of his long record of serving physicians and their patients,” said Marvin Rorick, MD, chair of the OSMA’s Political Action Committee. “In his service representing Ohio thus far, he has established himself as a sympathetic and effective supporter of health care access for all. Senator Brown is very experienced and has influential committee seniority which is beneficial to Ohio.”

In line with efforts taken by the OSMA in recent years, Senator Brown has focused on addressing the state’s opioid epidemic. He has backed Medicaid expansion which has allowed thousands of uninsured Ohioans to gain access to treatment for opioid addiction. He has emerged as a leader in Congress on opioid-related proposals that focus on recovery options, such as, medicated-assisted treatment.

As a former member of the Senate subcommittee on health care, the Senator has previously supported legislation to reverse Medicare payment cuts that threatened access to medical care, helped to increase the number of medical students choosing pediatrics to address shortages in that field, and fought to make lower-cost generic prescription drugs more readily available.

Senator Brown is a past recipient of the American Medical Association’s prestigious Nathan Davis Award for contributions to medicine and public health and has also been recognized for awards and achievements by other healthcare organizations.

“Working with and learning from Ohio physicians are important aspects of my job in the Senate—whether we are working to improve Medicare so it works better for physicians or giving doctors the ability to treat more patients struggling with addiction. That’s why I cherish my relationship with the Ohio State Medical Association and its members and leadership,” Senator Brown said. “I’m honored to have OSMA’s support this year, and look forward to our continued work to support Ohio medical professionals.”

In 2006, Ohio voters elected Senator Brown, a Democrat, to the United State Senate with one of the largest margins over an incumbent in U.S. history. Today, he serves on committees key to Ohio’s future—Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Veteran’s Affairs; Finance; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs where he serves as Ranking Member.

Senator Brown, the son of a physician, has earned a reputation in Washington for working across the aisle. He has introduced more than 200 bi-partisan bills—some with Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican. During the 114th Congress (2015-2016), Senator Brown passed the fourth highest number of bills despite serving in the minority. Election Day is November 6.