A coalition of 11 medical societies representing some 43,000 physicians and two past presidents of the American Medical Association have sent a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voicing their opposition to a public-option insurance plan, individual or employer mandates to purchase health insurance, and to payment or coverage determinations tied to comparative-effectiveness research.
Medical societies voice opposition to reform moves
The letter, however, never mentions the House bill, called the Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, or the American Medical Association's support of it. The AMA has produced a video of association President J. James Rohack explaining the AMA's support for the bill and posted it on the AMA's Web site and on YouTube. In the video, Rohack says the bill meets the criteria of AMA policy, which calls for supporting health system reform proposals consistent with the principles of pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access.
Groups signing the letter include the medical societies of Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina; and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The individuals signing on are Donald Palmisano, the 2003-04 AMA president, and William Plested III, the 2006-07 AMA president.
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