Doctors, AARP support new health overhaul bill

March 19, 2010 By CARLA K. JOHNSON , AP Medical Writer

(AP) -- The nation's largest association of doctors and the AARP senior citizens' lobby are endorsing President Barack Obama's revised health overhaul legislation.

James Rohack, the president of the American Medical Association, said Friday that the pending bill isn't perfect, but it's the next step toward real reform of the nation's .

The board of the Chicago-based group voted unanimously Thursday night after a review of the House reconciliation bill.

One of the AMA's top priorities is permanently ending scheduled cuts in doctors' reimbursements. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she would try pushing such a bill through Congress soon.

In a statement Friday, AARP said the legislation "will improve health care for older Americans and their families."

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JerryPark
not rated yet Mar 19, 2010
The AMA represents a minority of physicians and the vote supporting the health care legislation was only a vote of the board of directors -- not the delegates or the membership in general.

The AARP presents itself as an advocate for the elderly, but it is not an advocate for the elderly. The current health care legislation is predicated on 500 billion dollars in cuts from the Medicare program over the next 10 years. I fail to see how cutting 50 billion dollars from Medicare per year "will improve health care for older Americans and their families".
marjon
5 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2010
All the MDs in Congress do not support this.
phlipper
5 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010
Doctors do not support the "health bill". No doctor in his or her right mind supports this.
http://docs4patientcare.org/

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