CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The head of the West Virginia State Medical Association thinks the Affordable Care Act is a "boondoggle." The top physician in the organization wouldn't comment on that this week, or say where the state doctors' group stands.
Evan Jenkins, the executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association, is the subject of a new, health care reform-bashing ad paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Jenkins, also a state senator from Cabell County, is running for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives now held by Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. Jenkins switched to the Republican Party earlier this year to run for the seat.
In the ad, a voiceover says Jenkins "knows Obamacare is a mess and it's getting worse every single day. Jobs at risk. Health care premiums rising. Families losing coverage. West Virginia can't afford Obamacare."
A reporter seeking comment on the advertisement from the West Virginia State Medical Association was referred to Jenkins' campaign consultant, Andy Sere.
Dr. Reginald McClung, the current president of the state medical association, said this week that he hadn't seen the Jenkins advertisement and didn't want to comment on a political matter.
The American Medical Association supported the Affordable Care Act when it was being debated and continues to support it, said Dr. Dan Foster, a former state senator and current member of the West Virginia State Medical Association's legislative committee. Foster has been an outspoken supporter of the health reform law.