The AMA, a Key Backer of Obamacare, Looks Into Reboot
The American Medical Association, a key supporter of federal health care overhaul legislation when it passed Congress two years ago, may push for major revisions that include tort reform and a way to remedy how doctors are paid by the Medicare program.
The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates meets starting this weekend for its annual meeting in Chicago to endorse positions on science, public health and, perhaps most importantly, to set its lobbying agenda for the future.
The meeting looms large. It comes just before the expected ruling later this month on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality by the Supreme Court and just three years after President Obama paid a personal visit to AMA delegates at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to ask their support of his sweeping health care reform plan. He eventually got AMA support.
Several key delegations that hold clout within the nation’s largest doctor group have never really gotten over the fact that the health law did not create a permanent solution for dramatic cuts to doctor payments from Medicare under the so-called sustainable growth rate formula or so-called “doc fix.”