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John P. Geyman, MD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“Based on the evidence, one has to conclude that containment of health care costs is nowhere in sight, that more than 37 million Americans will still be uninsured when the ACA is fully implemented in 2019, that many more millions will be underinsured, and that profiteering will still dominate the culture of U.S. health care…

The ACA built upon the flaws of our market-based system and, quite predictably, is failing to contain costs and provide broad access to affordable, quality health care. Corporate interests still trump the common good in U.S. health care. More fundamental reform is required based upon universal access to health care as a right… Until that happens, we can expect continued turmoil and increasing public backlash to a dysfunctional system that places profits over service. It is just a matter of time before the country will be forced to choose between discredited, deregulated markets and a more efficient single-payer system that ensures access to essential health care for all Americans.”

“A Five-Year Assessment of the Affordable Care Act: Market Forces Still Trumps the Common Good in U.S. Health Care,” International Journal of Health Services, Apr. 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington
  • President, Physicians for a National Health Program, 2005-2007
  • Editor, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 1990-2003
  • General practitioner, 1990-1997
  • Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, Washington University, 1976-1990
  • Founding Editor, Journal of Family Practice, 1973-1990
  • Residency program manager, University of California at Davis, 1972-1976
  • Staff, Division of Family Practice, University of Utah, 1971-1972
  • Residency Director, Santa Rosa, 1969
  • MD, University of California at San Francisco, 1960
  • AB, Geology, Princeton University, 1952
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)
Quoted in:
  1. Will there be enough primary care physicians to meet the increased health care demand following passage of the PPACA?