The American Medical Associations House of Delegates is expected to deliver its opinion Wednesday morning on a public option insurance plan after a last-second plea by its president, Nancy Nielsen, to not vote on the resolution before them, which she implied had a negative tone and was protective of an industry that has not always been friendly to doctors.
I think the health insurance industry pays a lot of money to people who can protect them, said Nielsen, who added that America is waiting to hear what the AMA supports.
While many delegates remained seated and silent, many others stood and applauded.
After hearing testimony on the subject Sunday, a committee drafted a resolution stating: Resolved, that our American Medical Association support public option alternatives that are consistent with AMA principles of pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access for patients.
The resolution delegates were set to vote on had two changes to that text. The words public option were removed and replaced with those healthcare financing. Also, the words and oppose those alternatives that would risk the elimination of a healthy competitive market for private health insurance were added at the end.
After Nielsen spoke, delegates voted to remove the negative language at the end, but could not formulate the exact wording of the positive message they wanted to send. Much discussion centered on whether to reinsert the term public option. As discussion ensued, time ran out and the delegates had to clear the ballroom so preparations could be made for the inauguration of the new AMA president, James Rohack.