Tuesday, July 21, 2009

AMA Backing House Bill as Work in Progress

Well, someone's backing the House bill--but not as it stands. On NPR, AMA president James Rohack said that health care needs to get done and the AMA knows that the House bill is a work in progress, so it chose to support it:
The American Medical Association, which last week backed the House Democrats' version of a bill to overhaul health care, endorsed the measure not for what it is now, but for what it may yet become, the group's president says.

"We did not believe that the bill that was introduced was going to be the final bill, but we also believe that this was too early to call the bill and say, 'That's it, we're not going to play anymore,'" AMA President Dr. James Rohack tells Robert Siegel. "We believe, like a baseball game, we're in the second inning." NPR