AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate
Wilson then had harsh words for people who can afford health insurance but don't buy it, "who then arrive in the emergency room having fallen off of their motorcycle – and they did not wear a helmet – and they end up with major life-threatening injuries, the treatment for which very few people could afford.
"And the result of that is that all of pay for that, private as well as taxpayers...
Those people, he said, cause those who have health coverage to pay premiums that are "$1,000 a year more than they otherwise would be."
The reaffirmation vote includes a stipulation that for individuals and families who cannot afford health coverage, there would be government tax subsidies or credits inversely proportional to the person or family's income.
Asked if the AMA might file an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration's fight to block challenges, Wilson said he didn't think so.
"Our posture related to this is that this will wind its way through the courts, and the Supreme Court will make that decision and we will leave that to the court to make that decision."
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