American Medical Association Opposes Trumpcare Bill

The AMA is the largest association of doctors in the country and generally leans to the political right, but they came out strongly against Trump/Ryan’s health care bill:

Letter From the American Medical Association to Congress Opposing the AHCA

January 3, 2017

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader
United States Senate
230 U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Democratic Leader
United States Senate
221 U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20510
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer,

The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives 232 U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Democratic Leader
U.S. House of Representatives 204 U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi:

On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association (AMA) #AMA, I am writing regarding our ongoing commitment to reform of the health care system and potential legislative actions during the first months of the 115th Congress.

The AMA has long advocated for health insurance coverage for all Americans, as well as pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice, and universal access for patients. These policy positions are guided by the actions of the AMA House of Delegates, composed of representatives of more than 190 state and national specialty medical associations, and they form the basis for AMA consideration of reforms to our health care system. (A summary of key AMA objectives for health system reform is attached.)

Health system reform is an ongoing quest for improvement. The AMA supported passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because it was a significant improvement on the status quo at that time. We continue to embrace the primary goal of that law—to make high quality, affordable health care coverage accessible to all Americans. We also recognize that the ACA is imperfect and there a number of issues that need to be addressed. As such, we welcome proposals, consistent with the policies of our House of Delegates, to make coverage more affordable, provide greater choice, and increase the number of those insured.

The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles E. Schumer The Honorable Paul Ryan
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi January 3, 2017

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In considering opportunities to make coverage more affordable and accessible to all Americans, it is essential that gains in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage be maintained.

Consistent with this core principle, we believe that before any action is taken through reconciliation or other means that would potentially alter coverage, policymakers should lay out for the American people, in reasonable detail, what will replace current policies. Patients and other stakeholders should be able to clearly compare current policy to new proposals so they can make informed decisions about whether it represents a step forward in the ongoing process of health reform.

We stand ready to work with you to continue the process of improving our health care system and ensuring that all Americans have access to high quality, affordable health care coverage.


James L. Madara, MD Attachment

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