December 21st, 2009
02:02 PM ET
10 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. Jane/Seattle

    Yes, this fake organization of highly paid capitalists is Protected by this bill. The companies are also protected. Who is not protected? Ordinary citizens who will be forced to pay or be fined if they cannot afford it. Reason I don't have healthcare Benefits since 2003? Low wages and Car insurance! I had to cancel my Health Insurance back in 2003 because I could not affored IT and Car insurance. The company I work for is a cheap corporate outfit that offers it, but charges too much for too little! I'll be 65 when this kicks in IF I'm still Alive!

    We need a serius rebellion against this bill, these war taxes, and PAYING FOR THE RICHES BENEFITS! And I mean RATIONAL rebellions – Not TeaParties for Idiots who are being manipulated by the most evil talkers we have like Rush, Beck, Stupid Palin, Cheney-the war killer!, Bachman, and the Boner! These folks are the MOST in Service to The Evil they use to attack others! This country is doomed if these ignorant ones do not lift the veils from their eyes to see the real truth behind the curtains! The Republicans specialize in picking the "Straw Man" argument (the weakest link) and beating it like a dead horse until all the sheep believe. For the record: I never believed Obama as i read this book, "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer!

    My mother was a teacher and I knew as a child just how amoral and corrupted America actually is, always has been and will remain unless we do some serious house cleaning!

    December 21, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Will

    people need to vote dems back and more in 2010 republicans are you crazy if you vote for them

    December 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Rob

    If the AMA is happy it means the middle class is going to get it right in the wallet.

    December 21, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. mjm

    "Funny you say that...you know...seeing as how when Obama mis-spoke/spoke to early about the AARP supporting the reform bills the GOPers/neoclowns were quite quick to cite the AARP as NOT supporting the reform bills and regurgitated a whole host of talking points about how that showed the AARP was truly concerned about the elderly, etc."

    Do you not get the concept of a "period"? Every day it's nothing but run-on sentences from you....

    AARP sells the insurance to Medicare patients to cover what Medicare fails to pay for. Medicare cost $98/month. AARP charges $118 to cover the remaining 20%. OF COURSE THEY SUPPORT THE BILL.
    This so called non-profit makes millions of this deal milking the elderly.

    And a "neo-con" is a democrat, not a Republican. They are left of center, welfare supporting democrats who believe in a strong military. Look it up next time.

    December 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Why not ? Under the healthcare reform bill the insurance industry has been presented an unlimited supply of new suckers. Every man woman and child will be required to buy health insurance. Guess who sells the policies.
    The American public is at the mercy of the dreaded insurance by a law written and enforced by the federal government. That is an offer that no one can refuse.
    THAT IS ONE CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

    December 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. myra

    As the republicans prayed to defeat this bill all I could think was WHAT WOULD JESUS DO??? Perhaps they should be reminded of the good Samaritan. Stop the war and that would pay for fixing most everything . We could have high-speed trains, good roads, and healthy citizens. Perhaps even smart, well educated children. P.S. Not every democrat is a liberal, but if you look up the word, liberal is not a bad thing.

    December 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Doug

    Sure the docters are happy, they will want your cash payments, these will go up too, before they will ever see you again. NO PAYMENT up front, NO SERVICE, thank you President Obama, this is just like the care Congress gets, HA HA.

    December 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Gerry NH

    What did the AMA get for the briber in chief harry reid. There is so much crime in the government no one can trut the government. Thing are getting horrable in America right now.

    December 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Michael E. Zevitz, M.D. (Michael Z); Norway, MI

    The comments from Dr. Wiedermann are absolutely correct and a more eloquent comment of what I was talking about. As for those who think that we doctors and our organizations have been bought off, how laughable can you be! If you want to follow the money to see who is buying who, follow the money from the insurance industry to anyone who will help them defeat health care reform, that is if you can fathom a couple of billion dollars worth. It amazes me that there are so many people who are convinced that our government has sold them, and the country, down the river on health care reform and yet have no idea how much they and everyone else has been ripped off by the insurance industry over the last quarter century. To those who are against health care reform, why don't you care about the billions of wasted dollars, unethical and dishonest behavior and corrupt practices of the insurance industry over the last 25 years towards every individual. Why don't you care to talk about that and pull the veil of secrecy back for everyone to see. Those of us in the medical profession have seen it first hand for a very long time. The insurance industry hijacked our profession and they have damaged our health care system more than any opponent of health care reform can possible imagine. Who do you think knows more about health care and the economics of the entire system, a practicing physician or a conservative ideologue? The overwhelming majority of physicians are staunch defenders of free market capitalism, but what we are against is greed and arrogance that negatively impacts on the health of our patients by greatly limiting their diagnostic and treatment options and denying any reasonable access to decent medical care.

    December 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    And that long list of charities he mentioned.... American Diabetes Assoication, American Cancer Society, etc...... well, they can all do without any further donations.... I will be stuck paying the higher taxes.

    December 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The AMA is like a unoin. It represents a minority of doctors and is more interested in garnering political brownie points with the Obama Administration than representing the people.

    December 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Bill Trout

    If the Republican minority and there faithful followers do not think that health care reform is necessary, they should observe the "60 Minutes" report on Wilmington, Ohio that aired on CBS 20 Dec 2009. Tell them that they should be happy to pay outrageous sums for health insurance and that if they can't afford it, too bad for you. What happened to Governmental leaders that beleved it was their solemn duty to provide for the common good. This is why we pay taxes.

    December 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Reatte, Texas

    Well of course they will endorse this joke of a reform because they hold the billing codes that will be sold to the doctors and they are going to be making millions off of it. Atleast my doctors are not a member of this association. I hope that when people get turned down on the government run plans that the so called doctors in this association will be able to make appointments for the millions that aren't able to see there own doctors but then again this is the change that the people wanted and hope that none of your family dies from having to wait on the government to okay a treatment or a test that they will have to toss a coin to see if you are not to old to have. Or even better maybe they can go to Mexico, India, or even better England and watch how it unfolds,

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope this change is what you are ready for because I sure ain't

    December 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Matt

    Welcome to America home of the prententious self absorbed person who is more worried about their pocketbook than helping out people who are less fortunate and in need. Don't Republicans want to be on the right side of history for domestic policy for once in their lives?

    December 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. A concerned Democrat

    I am a lifelong Democrat who supported Obama financially and with a vote. I am concerned that we are rushing to sign a major bill that affects every American and represents 1/6th of our economy. I spoke to my primary care doctor and three other doctors in the family practice I have gone to for years with my family. All of the doctors said that this bill will kill family care and make the situation worse. I spoke to the HR person and my boss at work – the company – a very large one with over 100,000 in the health plan here say that this bill will increase all employee premiums. How can this be good for me and my family? I understand that the public option was defeated by Liberman because of his ties to the insurance lobby. Why would Obama let this happen without calling him out? I understand that Nebraska will not have to pay for Medicaid for 3 years as a price for Senator Nelson's vote? Why would President Obama stand for this? I understand the pharmaceutical lobby (headed by Obama's advisor – Tom Dashcel, a paid lobbyist), was bought off by not allowing americans to buy less expensive generic drugs from Canada. President Obama said he would not bow to lobbyist pressures – why did he permit this, and why has he hired Mr Daschel?

    Like I said at the beginning, I am a lifelong Democrat who supported President Obama –but I am now very concerned

    December 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Wes

    The issue is not if the Health Care Bill is good or bad for the American people, the issue is the Democrat's not listening to the American people. When over 58% of the American people did not want this type of Health Care, and our Democratic Party voted it through anyway.............something is very wrong with our government.
    Trust me, I will never vote for a Democrat again.

    December 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. AMA does NOT speak for it members

    This is misleading The doctors belonging to the AMA did NOT and do NOT support this bill This endorsement comes from a select few people in the AMA but it was never presented to the membership nor passed by its members, the majority of whom oppose this bill

    December 21, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. True

    The AMA is a more conservative-leaning organization. Folks who are claiming otherwise are typical uninformed morons who will say/do anything in their attempts to ruin this president.

    December 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Woonsocket

    Another bogus CNN headline – One doctor endorsed it. Are you going to report on the rage that will come on Tuesday from the majority of doctors who do not endorse the rape of America by the Democrat Party.

    December 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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