December 21st, 2009
02:02 PM ET
7 months ago

Doctors' group endorses Senate health care bill

American Medical Association President-elect Dr. Cecil Wilson announced on Monday his organization's support for the Senate health care reform bill.
American Medical Association President-elect Dr. Cecil Wilson announced on Monday his organization's support for the Senate health care reform bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The American Medical Association, a traditional opponent of health care reform, on Monday endorsed the Senate health care bill nearing a final vote in the chamber.

Dr. Cecil Wilson, president-elect of the nation's largest advocacy group for doctors, said at a news conference that the amended bill would solve major problems with the health care system.

"The AMA is pleased to announce its support for passage of the amended ... bill," said Wilson, an internist from Winter Park, Florida. At the same time, Wilson said, the AMA will continue working for additional changes in a final health care bill that results from merging the Senate bill and a House version passed last month.

Wilson became president-elect of the AMA in June, and will serve in that role for a year before becoming president in June 2010.

The AMA has long opposed the kind of health care reform measures contained in the Senate and House bills. It announced this year that it supported health care reform efforts, but had concerns about specific issues such as a proposed expansion of Medicare coverage.

The expanded Medicare provision has been cut from the Senate bill.


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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. RichP the Pocono's

    Oh wow, the AMA endorses it, that covers what 10-12% of the total doctors in the US last time I looked. The AMA is not the end all and be all of American Medicine, in fact they have been pretty political over the years, the only worthwhile thing they put out is JAMA which makes for some good reading once you filter the leftist politics out and it is amazing how they filter them in on an article on CPR, just amazing.

    So, how many real doctors actually had input on the bill, I don't mean paid lobbyist doctors either.

    December 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. gt

    nebraska doctors ,,maybe,,,all the ones i talk to sure dont agree...

    December 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    Everyone has endorsed except those that want POTUS to fail.

    December 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    The kind of real health care reform we need is a public option. The OIG arrest doctors, providers, care givers, durable medical equipment suppliers on a weekly basis for Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, What they need to do is send these morons to jail for about 10 years per conviction and that would greatly reduce the cost of paying for health care, nothin worse than a white coat criminal.

    December 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Funny, the less this bill does to actually reform healthcare, the more groups jump on the bandwagon to support it. I suppose, taking this to its absurd logical end, if the bill did absolutely nothing but give our tax dollars directly to insurance executives, it would get unanimous support from all parties involved. Even John "Crash" McCain could get behind that one. Have a nice day!

    December 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Rob from MO

    As a physician I'm disappointed that the bill does not have a public option, but I think it is better than nothing. The AMA has come a long way since my medical school days in the 1960s, when it was a doctors protective guild. The AMA has finally expanded its scope to consider what is best for society.

    December 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. WIlly Brown

    Wonder how much Hippie Harry paid those knuckleheads?

    December 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Tammy

    The doctors pay exhorbitant insurance fees for malpractice. Does anyone oversee the insurance companies - both for health care and for malpractice? Then the lawsuit culture has to end - and that includes the greedy unscrupulous lawyers. Vicious circle. Only the regular people are the losers. Maybe with the new program things will improve.

    December 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This starts the process to giving everyone the chance to see a doctor without worring about the bill before hand. They can worry about the bill if they are told bad news later.

    December 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    20% of the doctors in the US belong to the AMA. So if have those support this and the other half don't (as in the polling figures) then this represents 10% of the doctors in the country. HARDLY broad based support. More smoke and mirrors by Obama and the Democrats...

    BTW, how much did it take in backroom deals to buy this group off for their support?

    December 21, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. MsDp

    When the American People get rid of their fears and replace fears with faith, they will all support health care reform. I have read the bill, read the management's admendment, and it will produce better results for all of us. Please America, take the time and read the bill with an open mind for your self. Stop depending on the MEDIA!!! Unless it is CSPAN. Even though there is no public option, there are several benefits for us all. I am supporting the Senate Bill. I hope you will too. Remember, Rome was not built in one day, God did not create heaven and earth in one day. Something new to build on is much better than starting from scratch. Even Our beloved Senator Ted Kennedy stated that he wished he would have accepted an agreement to began the building blocks for health care reform long ago. So please, let us all embrase this bill and began the change.

    December 21, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. conniesz

    The AMA no more represents caring doctors than the AARP represents the poor elderly – both represent the upper middle class status quo. The only reason the AMA is supporting this bill is because it has been gutted and now gives big pharma and big insurance just about everything they ever wanted.

    All that said – it is still better than nothing. We should all get behind it because if everyone gives just a little we might be able to save a few lives.

    December 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. sifto77

    This man does NOT represent most physicians! What a farce.

    December 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Huckabee and Rush say: "The AMA are traitors. We have just learned that they are the ones that nailed Jesus to the cross. For not blindly following our ideology, and for joining all those commie liberals in helping keep America from falling back into the Dark Ages, they are forever banned from the FuxNews studios."

    December 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. ATL Guy

    So, the Republicans do not agree with the CBO, AARP and the AMA? After the bill passes, how will they reconcile their no votes with the removal of insurance restrictions and improvements in funding allocations for care? After a while, people forget the sausage making process; all that matters is the end result. And if you don't help in shaping the end result you didn't participate in the process at all.

    December 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. BAG

    It Sounds both Consumers & Providers are getting the Reality but GOP

    December 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    Come on CNN report everything. You know darn well 80% of doctors ARE NOT members of the AMA and don't support this health care. And of the 20% of doctors that are members of the AMA only 18% of them support this health care. So in a nutshell very few doctors support this health care and you know it CNN. At the most only 18% of doctors support it.

    December 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Well, the AMA the largest professional organizations for the medical field agrees with this health reform bill in the Senate. That should make some folks feel better about the reform.

    Of course, the facts will never deter the cons from continuing to stall the reform at any cost.

    December 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Free Thinker

    Please people! The AMA is nothing more than a liberal mouthpiece. They are bought and paid for. Their opinion means nothing!!

    December 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. MVDCT

    Don't be fooled by this – only 20% of doctors belong to the AMA. Most rank and file physicians are ADAMANTLY OPPOSED to a government takeover the healthc are system. The AMA doesn't represent the will of most doctors.

    December 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The AMA endorsement should have happened months ago, because it doesn't mean much now ... it's not like it will earn a single Republican vote so late into the debate.

    December 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    How many folks know that the majority of doctors DO NOT BELONG to the AMA because it is a Liberal organization with few doctors even part of the governing body! Another tool being used to get Americans to believe that Doctors favor this debacle of a health care plan!

    December 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Yes we can

    Its about time! Im tired of these Republi_Clans killing americans with no insurance. Enough!

    December 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    So much for the lobbyists telling us otherwise.

    December 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Justen

    Wonder if Ried bribed him to say that.

    December 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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