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oldandslow
03-19-2010, 12:48 PM
just announced....

AMA Supports House Passage of Health System Reform

Will work with Congress and the administration to make critical changes that cannot be addressed through the reconciliation process

For immediate release:
March 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. After careful review and consideration, the American Medical Association (AMA) today announced its qualified support for the current health reform bill as a step toward providing coverage to all Americans and improving our nations health system.

"The pending bill is imperfect, but we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to something as important as the health of Americans," said J. James Rohack, M.D., AMA president. "By extending health coverage to the vast majority of the uninsured, improving competition and choice in the insurance marketplace, promoting prevention and wellness, reducing administrative burdens, and promoting clinical comparative effectiveness research, this bill will help patients and their physicians."

"While the final product is certainly not what we would have devised, we strongly support the parts of this bill that are desperately needed by millions of Americans who are struggling to get or keep health insurance coverage," Dr. Rohack said. "We will continue to work with Congress and the administration to solve important issues that cannot be addressed through the reconciliation process."

"This is not the last step, but the next step toward real health system reform," Dr. Rohack said. "We will remain actively engaged with Congress and the administration to ensure that before Congress adjourns there are additional important changes to our health system. Congress must act to preserve access to care for seniors and military families by permanently repealing the Medicare physician payment formula that will cut Medicare payments by 21 percent next month. According to an AARP poll, nearly 90 percent of people age 50 and older are concerned that the Medicare physician payment cuts threaten their access to care."

"Congress must also move immediately to correct problems with the Independent Payment Advisory Board," Dr. Rohack said. "The current IPAB framework could result in misguided payment cuts that undermine access to care and destabilize health care delivery. The AMA will be relentless in our pursuit of permanent repeal of the Medicare physician payment formula, corrections to IPAB, and other important changes that we outlined in a letter today to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

"Every day physicians see the devastating effect that being uninsured has on the health of our patients: They live sicker and die younger," Dr. Rohack said. "Physicians dedicate their lives to helping patients live healthier and longer, and we have an historic opportunity to do just that."

petegz28
03-19-2010, 12:50 PM
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EXCLUSIVE -- Democrats plan doc fix after reform - Live Pulse: EXCLUSIVE -- Democrats plan doc fix after reformMarch 19, 2010
Categories:House .EXCLUSIVE -- Democrats plan doc fix after reform
Democrats are planning to introduce legislation later this spring that would permanently repeal annual Medicare cuts to doctors, but are warning lawmakers not to talk about it for fear that it will complicate their push to pass comprehensive health reform. The plans undercut the party's message that reform lowers the deficit, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

Democrats removed the so-called doc fix from the reform legislation last year because its $371-billion price tag would have made it impossible for Democrats to claim that their bill reduces the deficit. Republicans have argued for months that by stripping the doc fix from the bill, Democrats were playing a shell game.

“Most health staff are already aware that our health proposal does not contain a 'doc fix.' … The inclusion of a full SGR repeal would undermine reform’s budget neutrality. So again, do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered,” the memo, sent Thursday to Democratic staff, said.

“As most health staff knows, leadership and the White House are working with the AMA to rally physicians for a full SGR repeal later this spring. However, both health and communications staff should understand we do not want that policy discussion discussed at this time, lest (it) complicate the last critical push to pass health reform,” according to the memo.

The memo helps explains why the American Medical Association has supported reform even though their top legislative priority, the doc fix, was left out. The group is working behind the scenes with Democratic leadership and the White House to fix the cuts later this year.

Indeed, in a statement this afternoon, the AMA announced its support for the reconciliation bill -- and hinted that the debate is not over with reform's passage.

“This is not the last step, but the next step toward real health system reform. We will remain actively engaged with Congress and the administration to ensure that before Congress adjourns there are additional important changes to our health system," AMA president James Rohack said. "Congress must act to preserve access to care for seniors and military families by permanently repealing the Medicare physician payment formula that will cut Medicare payments by 21 percent next month.”

The memo also repeatedly advises Democrats not to discuss the details of the CBO score.

“We cannot emphasize this enough: do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered," the memo says

Posted by Chris Frates 12:46 PM

http://www.politico.com/livepulse/0310/EXCLUSIVE__Democrats_plan_doc_fix_after_reform.html?showall

orange
03-19-2010, 01:07 PM
Yeah, the "Doctor Fix" is such a secret that Baier only covered it for five minutes in his interview. :doh!:

I'm still waiting for someone to tell me about the cushy job that Elizabeth Kucinich landed for Dennis' switch.

Warrior5
03-19-2010, 01:51 PM
"Decides to support HCR"?

When has the AMA ever been against this bill?