Last updated on: 7/15/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

American Medical Association (AMA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“While the new law represents a tremendous step forward on the path toward meaningful health system reform, it is not the last step, but rather the beginning…

The AMA had continuously urged Congress and the administration to include meaningful medical liability reform as a critical component of health system reform…

One of the most controversial provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the establishment of an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The AMA is opposed to the current scope and authority of the IPAB and the lack of flexibility in its mandate. Modification of the IPAB authority and framework is one of the highest legislative priorities for the AMA in the next session of Congress.”

“What Health System Reform Means to Physicians and Patients,” www.ama-assn.org, 2010

Description:

“The American Medical Association is the largest medical association of physicians in the nation.

We represent physicians from every state and specialty as we work together to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

We actively support meaningful health system reform. Whether you are a physician or a member of the general public, we invite you to get involved and support our advocacy efforts.”

“About Us,” www.ama-assn.org (accessed July 15, 2010)

Mission:

“To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.”

“Our Mission,” www.ama-assn.org (accessed July 15, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?
  2. Will Obamacare lower taxes?
  3. Will the new laws reduce medical malpractice liability?
  4. Will physicians' reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid increase?
  5. Is preventive care covered?