16 July 2009

This seems significant -- AMA supports House bill and Public Plan

A nice new development:

American Medical Association Endorses House Health Care Bill | TPMDC
Just a couple weeks ago, the AMA was trying to have it both ways with the public option. The group had long opposed the provision, but in an appearance on CNN, its President J. James Rohack was unable to come right out and say so. Now it seems as if they've gotten over, or at least managed to suppress, their concerns. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, I am writing to express our appreciation and support for H.R. 3200, the 'America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,'" wrote AMA Vice President Michael Maves in a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.
I have to say that I'm a little surprised to see the AMA sign on at all, let alone so quickly.  There's certainly plenty of wiggle room in this endorsement, so they've not overcommitted themselves.  But it is a positive development from a historically regressive organization.

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