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AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate



After two days of debate, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to renew its support for the embattled portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires people who can afford health coverage to purchase it.



5 comments on "AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate"
Douglas Malie (6/21/2011 at 2:23 PM)

I applaud the AMA for being pragmatic instead of political. Anyone who understands risk, probabilities and statistics understands why the individual mandate is absolutely necessary unless this country would prefer socialized medicine. As a practice administrator for large single specialty practices I have had to write off hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in uncompensated care because of bad debt associated with uninsured patients. Sometimes its unfortunate that government intervention is necessary when we can't depend on people to do the right thing.
sharbaugh (6/21/2011 at 10:56 AM)

This is no suprise to anyone. The AMA is nothing more than another hack organization just like the AFL-CIO, UAW, etc. that just looks out for their own interests and nothing else. Hey AMA: does it not concern you one bit that the individual mandate runs completely counter to the Bill of Rights, or is that a non-issue to you????
Patrick Plemmons (6/21/2011 at 10:48 AM)

Dr. Wilson demonstrates conclusively that you don't have to be intelligent to be a physician. He supports the federal government ordering private citizens to buy a product because, if he doesn't, he worries it could lead to a government run healthcare system. What? What does he think Obamacare is if not the first giant step to a government run health plan? What a sad day for physicians in America.
Patrick Watterson PA-C (6/21/2011 at 10:35 AM)

Further evidence that the AMA no longer represents medicine. Having lost membership due to their first decision to support Obamacare, the only people LEFT to vote are the those who supported it in the first place. Of course, they will reaffirm. Message to the AMA. Stop being a political tool and get back to representing providers and patients.
Martin (6/21/2011 at 9:59 AM)

The sad part about this story is that most Americans will believe that the AMA actually represents the feelings of most physicians. The opposite is actually true. The general public also has no idea what the AMA gained by backing this administration in their healthcare reform.