Sep 16, 2009 | 7
Despite the American Medical Association's (AMA) previously hearty lobby against public options for health insurance, only 27 percent of doctors are in favor of limiting coverage to private options.
More than half of doctors (about 63 percent of 2,130) in a recent survey preferred a public-private blend, which would allow for expansion of coverage both through tax credits to pay for private insurance and expanded public health plans. The survey results were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this week.
"The results of the study demonstrated that the majority of physicians support a public option," Dalomeh Keyhani told National Public Radio (NPR) on Monday. She is the lead author on the report and a researcher at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Jun 15, 2009 | 11
After proposing $313 billion in cuts to providers of health care this weekend, President Obama took the stage at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting in Chicago today to reassure doctors and ask for their backing of his plan to remake health care.
It was the latest stop on Obama’s campaign for health reform and the first time a president has addressed the AMA since Ronald Reagan in 1983.
To trim wasteful spending, Obama suggested changing payment of doctors and hospitals to reward quality over quantity of care.
But many doctors fret that cuts and a proposed government-run insurance option could hurt their livelihoods. “Now, I know there’s some concern about a public option,” Obama told the doctors. “In particular, I understand that you are concerned that today’s Medicare rates will be applied broadly in a way that means our cost savings are coming off your backs.”
Apr 18, 2009 | 5
SEATTLE -- If the U.S. wants real health care reform, it needs to make sure everyone is covered. The way to pay for that coverage? Limiting the tax-exempt status of health insurance premiums, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said yesterday at the annual meeting of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Wyden's Healthy Americans Act -- co-sponsored with Republican Robert Bennett of Utah -- would require all Americans except those covered by Medicare or in the military to buy a health insurance policy. (The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib has an excellent summary of the bill here; you can see Wyden discuss the plan here and read the full text here.)
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