November 5th, 2009
01:10 PM ET
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AMA endorses House Democratic health care bill

President Obama personally appeared at Thursday's daily briefing with White House reporters to tout support from the AMA and the AARP for the House Democrats' health care reform bill.
President Obama personally appeared at Thursday's daily briefing with White House reporters to tout support from the AMA and the AARP for the House Democrats' health care reform bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The American Medical Association endorsed the House Democratic leadership's health care reform bill Thursday.

It's "not a perfect representation of our views," but is close enough to warrant the support of the organization, AMA President Dr. J. James Rohack said.

Rohack said the bill needs to be accompanied by legislation reversing scheduled Medicare reimbursement payment reductions to physicians.

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  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    Didn't the Administration trot out these trick ponies before? How many times can they revive the same story that the AMA and AARP are supporting the healthcare bill despite what their members think or with some big "if"s" tacked on to their "endorsements".

    Is there a photo op being planned for the AMA using the same white lab coats the handed out two or three weeks ago? Is there one for the AARP filled with a handful of cheering octogenerians rounded up from local senior centers?

    Remember the lines from the Wizard of Oz,
    I AM THE ALL POWERFUL WIZARD OF OZ! PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN PULLING THE STRINGS.

    November 5, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Rob Johnson

    Ask yourself this–if this bill was really going to destroy health care as we know it, would the AMA support it? Doctors are doing very well under the current system, so nobody has more to lose than they do.

    Of course, maybe these doctors are all part of the Marxist conspiracy to destroy freedom, apple pie, and the American Dream.

    November 5, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Amos

    No doctor I know has endorsed this deal. No doubt the DNC applied financial pressure.

    November 5, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. shmeckel

    This is kind of funny. A little while back Obama claimed the AMA supported his plan. The AMA gave Obama a letter outlining what he needed to do with the industry. When you read the letter it was an outline of the republican ideas.

    Not funny ha ha: funny head scratching

    November 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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