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AMA supports latest Senate health care bill

The Associated Press
The American Medical Association is supporting the latest version of a Senate health care overhaul as the legislation moves toward a final vote Christmas Eve.

Dr. Cecil B. Wilson, the association's president, announced the group's stance Monday after the Senate overcame a key test vote by the narrowest margin possible. Wilson appeared with top Senate Democrats at a press conference in the Capitol.

The organization has been pushing for an overhaul and has worked with the Obama administration and with Democratic congressional leaders.

The AMA still wants separate action by the Senate to repeal the existing Medicare payment formula for doctors to prevent periodic reimbursement cuts.

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Posted by: fozzy13mailbox-ler | December 23, 2009 4:35 AM | Report abuse

343 pages were read in the Senate.

Posted by: dummy4peace | December 21, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

How can they support it without having read it?

Posted by: JCM-51 | December 21, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Should doctors be allowed to invest in hospitals, drug or medical device companies, or health insurers? In Europe, doctors are not allowed to have conflict of interest such as this.

Didn't we hear about a PA judge sending many juvenile offenders to prison for kickbacks?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13judge.html

Posted by: dummy4peace | December 21, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course the AMA supports this bill.
Their members are going to make more money and profits, while their patients are firetrucked for every cent they have.

The Dem's are so excited that they "won", they fail to see the reality of it.

Posted by: riain

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I take it that means that the GOP was pushing for a bill that the AMA and it's members opposed. I know you wanted a bill that the ABA opposed. You folks didn't like it that the AARP supported the bill either.

What's left? .... Ah... you wanted health reform that the insurance industry, chamber of commerce and the big phrama wanted.

Posted by: James10 | December 21, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course the AMA supports this bill.
Their members are going to make more money and profits, while their patients are firetrucked for every cent they have.

The Dem's are so excited that they "won", they fail to see the reality of it.

Posted by: riain | December 21, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Considering that most of the membership of the AMA are young doctors who don't have much experience and aren't qualified in specialties that give them added qualificiations on their signature block, who cares?

Posted by: GordonShumway | December 21, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

A few years ago, I ran into a Chinese graduate student and we started talking about our life in China and here. I asked him if the Chinese government still gives everyone health care. He said no and it has become more and more expensive to see a doctor or go to a hospital.

It seems to me the Chinese have learned pretty well from our business programs so they now know much better how to squeeze cheap labor out of the poor Chinese working class. Unfortunately, they also have learned our terrible health care system. It is to the best interest for the Chinese government to put down our health care reform so the Chinese people will not ask for similar care as they grow rich.

The one thing they have not learned is our freedom of speech. We can say whatever we want in public and in private. We don't have to be afraid of getting arrested at night or during daytime for speaking up or protesting. It's just too bad that some of our citizens would rather live a Chinese's life. Go ahead and enjoy!

Posted by: dummy4peace | December 21, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW - I WONDER IF SELFISH INTOLERANT RIGHT WINGNUTS WILL START CALLING THE AARP AND AMA SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST ORGANIZATIONS? THAT'S THEIR APPROACH TO ANYTHING THEY DON'T LIKE - CALL IT COMMI!

They're Simpletons!

Posted by: ANTGA | December 21, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the AMA has the voice of like 25% of doctors.

And, it only has doctors between 0-5 years out of medical school.

The rest drop the AMA like poison.

Too bad the sheeple think the AMA matters.

Stupid sheeple.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 21, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Another great victory for the people and their President.

With both the AMA and the AARP now firmly on board of President Obama's health care reform initiative, that should cinch it.

Posted by: ram9478 | December 21, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

pssssstttttt.........team obama

so sorry,the chinese have VETOED obamacare

see you have SURRENDERED the economic soveregnty of the united states of america with your drunken deficit "stimulus"

so now its time for obama to taste the lash from the chinese whip,

the chinese fired a warning shot against team obama's bow about paying for obamacare

here is the Shanghai Daily explaining capitalism to obama the socialist:

"In a discussion on the global role of the dollar, Zhu told an academic audience that it was inevitable that the dollar would continue to fall in value because Washington continued to issue more Treasuries to finance its deficit spending.

He then addressed where demand for that debt would come from.

"The United States cannot force foreign governments to increase their holdings of Treasuries," Zhu said, according to an audio recording of his remarks. "Double the holdings? It is definitely impossible."

"The US current account deficit is falling as residents' savings increase, so its trade turnover is falling, which means the US is supplying fewer dollars to the rest of the world," he added. "The world does not have so much money to buy more US Treasuries."

China continues to see its foreign exchange reserves grow, albeit at a slower pace than in past years, due to a large trade surplus and inflows of foreign investment. They stood at US$2.3 trillion at the end of September."

source:http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/print.asp?id=423054 Shanghai Daily 12-18-2009

obama-- he really does not know just how stupid he is.........

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 21, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought the only special interests were Big Insurance, Big Pharma, etc...you mean the AMA is locking arms with AARP, NOW, People for the American Way, and the AFL-CIO...these aren't special interest groups are they? Oops,pardon the saracsm...wouldn't want to cross the line into being the "ole' smear and fear machine". God bless 'em...they (Libs)just can't help themselves can they?

Posted by: boomer131 | December 21, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I saw elsewhere on a television news story that in some Western/Asian developed countries that universal health care is successful in part due to the low fees that doctors receive and accept. Perhaps American culture has built up so much devotion of the medical field that it has become disproportionately praised and revered. Perhaps if our American culture's perception were altered somewhat so that doctors were consider more in common with the rest of society that perhaps we could begin to change the attitude of paying doctors and doctors demanding so much money for their services as well as come to believe that we don't have to sue the pants of them and make them have to pay millions in liability awards and insurance costs.

Posted by: TabLUnoLCSWfromUtah | December 21, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So 1/3 of the bill is paid for by cuts in reimbursement to doctors, but Harry Reid and Max Baucus today promised the AMA that they will never, ever inforce the cuts in reimbursement to doctors.

You can't make this up. Can the CBO start scoring Harry Reid's press conferences? How can they score a bill, when the Majority Leader then turns around and admits it will never, ever do what it promised?

Notice how the Washington Post koolaid journalists don't see anything wrong with this?

It all makes sense to them. LIe, steal, cheat. It is like survivor -- maybe Obama and the dems will end up like Russell - the loser in voting.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 21, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, the health insurance industry likes it, the pharm. industry likes, and now the fatcat AMA likes it.

And Obama's family will retire to life of appointments on the BOD's of said companies.

Posted by: tru-indy | December 21, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

And not mentioned is the fact that the AMA represents only about 35% of all physicians. Bogus endorsement by a bunch of political hack MDs.

If the AMA was really concerned about the state of Medicare, the group would inquire as to what the government intends to do about Medicare's current $37 trillion unfunded liability and Medicare's impending bankruptcy.

Posted by: judithod | December 21, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, another big-name endorsement FOR health-care reform.

That is more bad news for the GOP!

They better gin up the ole' SMEAR AND FEAR MACHINE!

Posted by: Heerman532 | December 21, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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