Why, Again, Did the AMA Back Obamacare?
2:37 PM, Jun 16, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In passing Obamacare, Democrats not only didn't address a scheduled pay cut for doctors who provide Medicare services, but they also instituted new pay cuts for other Medicare providers (such as hospitals and nurses), which the Medicare chief actuary says threaten to reduce Medicare patients' access to care. Simultaneously, the Democrats took money that could have been used to provide a "doc fix" and directed that it instead be spent on Obamacare. Now the American Medical Association, a principal backer of Obamacare (even though the overhaul contained neither a "doc fix" nor a remedy for runaway malpractice lawsuits), wants to have separate, deficit-increasing legislation passed to address the cut in doctors' pay.
But, as Roll Call reports, "Even the AMA’s fellow doctors have little sympathy for its plight."
Perhaps it's time for the AMA to join the vast majority of Americans in calling for the repeal of Obamacare, and then the passage of real reform -- including a Medicare "doc fix." And perhaps it's not surprising that only about 1/6 of American doctors remain members of the once-proud AMA.