Doctors, AARP support new health overhaul bill

Mar 19, 2010 By CARLA K. JOHNSON , AP Medical Writer

(AP) -- The nation's largest association of doctors and the AARP senior citizens' lobby are endorsing President Barack Obama's revised health overhaul legislation.

James Rohack, the president of the American Medical Association, said Friday that the pending bill isn't perfect, but it's the next step toward real reform of the nation's .

The board of the Chicago-based group voted unanimously Thursday night after a review of the House reconciliation bill.

One of the AMA's top priorities is permanently ending scheduled cuts in doctors' reimbursements. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she would try pushing such a bill through Congress soon.

In a statement Friday, AARP said the legislation "will improve health care for older Americans and their families."

Explore further: Regulating legal marijuana could be guided by lessons from alcohol and tobacco, study says

3.5 /5 (4 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Obama announces agreement with drug companies

Jun 22, 2009

(AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the pharmaceutical industry's agreement to help close a gap in Medicare's drug coverage, calling the pact a step forward in the push for overhaul of the nation's ...

Kennedy bill would make employers provide care

Jun 06, 2009

(AP) -- Employers would be required to offer health care to employees or pay a penalty - and all Americans would be guaranteed health insurance - under a draft bill circulated Friday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's ...

CBO: Senate bill $1 trillion over 10 years

Jun 16, 2009

(AP) -- A leading health care bill under consideration in Congress would cost the government an estimated $1 trillion over the next decade and reduce the ranks of the uninsured by about one-third, or 16 million individuals, ...

Poll shows less fear on health care overhaul

Feb 24, 2010

(AP) -- With President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in limbo, Americans' fears about its effect on them eased in January, according to a poll released as the president tries to revive sweeping Democratic legislation.

Emerging $80B deal would help fund Medicare drugs

Jun 20, 2009

(AP) -- Medicare beneficiaries would receive better drug coverage and a portion of President Barack Obama's health care legislation would be paid for under an emerging agreement involving the pharmaceutical ...

Recommended for you

AMA examines economic impact of physicians

19 hours ago

(HealthDay)—Physicians who mainly engage in patient care contribute a total of $1.6 trillion in economic output, according to the American Medical Association (AMA)'s Economic Impact Study.

Less-schooled whites lose longevity, study finds

19 hours ago

Barbara Gentry slowly shifts her heavy frame out of a chair and uses a walker to move the dozen feet to a chair not far from the pool table at the Buford Senior Center. Her hair is white and a cough sometimes interrupts her ...

How to keep your fitness goals on track

19 hours ago

(HealthDay)—The New Year's resolutions many made to get fit have stalled by now. And one expert thinks that's because many people set their goals too high.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

JerryPark
not rated yet Mar 19, 2010
The AMA represents a minority of physicians and the vote supporting the health care legislation was only a vote of the board of directors -- not the delegates or the membership in general.

The AARP presents itself as an advocate for the elderly, but it is not an advocate for the elderly. The current health care legislation is predicated on 500 billion dollars in cuts from the Medicare program over the next 10 years. I fail to see how cutting 50 billion dollars from Medicare per year "will improve health care for older Americans and their families".
marjon
5 / 5 (1) Mar 19, 2010
All the MDs in Congress do not support this.
phlipper
5 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010
Doctors do not support the "health bill". No doctor in his or her right mind supports this.
http://docs4patientcare.org/

More news stories