AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , June 21, 2011

Wilson said the delegates' vote emphasized, in effect, that "We cannot walk away from the fact that some 32 million more Americans would be able to have insurance who do not have it now, and that as a result of not having insurance, would live sicker and die sooner. "

The AMA House of Delegates includes physicians representing state and medical specialty societies.

In a news release, the AMA said the delegates also reaffirmed support for health insurance tax credits and health insurance market regulation, health savings accounts, and direct subsidies for the coverage of high-risk patients.

The individual mandate has been repeatedly challenged in federal court.

See Also:
Behind the Waning Support for ACA's Individual Mandate
Could health law survive without the individual mandate?


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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5 comments on "AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate"

Douglas Malie (6/21/2011 at 2:23 PM)
I applaud the AMA for being pragmatic instead of political. Anyone who understands risk, probabilities and statistics understands why the individual mandate is absolutely necessary unless this country would prefer socialized medicine. As a practice administrator for large single specialty practices I have had to write off hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in uncompensated care because of bad debt associated with uninsured patients. Sometimes its unfortunate that government intervention is necessary when we can't depend on people to do the right thing.

sharbaugh (6/21/2011 at 10:56 AM)
This is no suprise to anyone. The AMA is nothing more than another hack organization just like the AFL-CIO, UAW, etc. that just looks out for their own interests and nothing else. Hey AMA: does it not concern you one bit that the individual mandate runs completely counter to the Bill of Rights, or is that a non-issue to you????

Patrick Plemmons (6/21/2011 at 10:48 AM)
Dr. Wilson demonstrates conclusively that you don't have to be intelligent to be a physician. He supports the federal government ordering private citizens to buy a product because, if he doesn't, he worries it could lead to a government run healthcare system. What? What does he think Obamacare is if not the first giant step to a government run health plan? What a sad day for physicians in America.




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