Medical organizations invoke Newtown to request more funding from Obama

“Of equal importance is providing sufficient access to mental health services. While we strongly supported the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008, unfortunately, the promise of better access to psychiatric treatment will not be a reality absent requisite federal and state funding. This effort should be combined with an education campaign that reduces the stigma of seeking mental health services,” the letter continues.”

“Newtown, Connecticut has now been added to the sad litany of recent mass shootings, including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Arizona, and Aurora. As we come together as a nation to mourn the most recent victims of senseless gun violence, we must make a real and lasting commitment to work together on meaningful solutions to prevent future tragedies.”

The American Medical Association contributed more than $1.5 million to political candidates during the 2012 election cycle. Obama topped all recipients of the Association’s contributions, taking $16,062 for his presidential re-election campaign. The American Medical Association also spent more than $12.9 million lobbying during the 2012 election cycle.

Health professionals contributed more than $10 million to President Obama’s re-election campaign, making the health industry Obama’s fourth-largest donor industry.

One of the organizations that signed the letter confirmed the existence of the letter to theDC but declined to immediately comment. Selected other organizations that signed the letter did not provide comment.