American Medical Association Exits Industry Coalition Opposed To Progressive Health Plans
This move by the nation's main physician organization is a blow to health industry's fight against the Democratic candidates' proposals for "Medicare for All," other expansions of Medicare and public options.
American Medical Association Leaves Coalition Fighting 'Medicare For All'
The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s main group for doctors, announced Thursday that it is leaving a coalition fighting "Medicare for All," a blow to the industry’s efforts to push back on the progressive proposal. The AMA said it is leaving the industry group called the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, which has been running ads against Medicare for All and public option proposals from the leading Democratic candidates for president. (Sullivan, 8/15)
AMA Drops Out Of Industry Coalition Opposed To Medicare Expansion
The AMA's logo is no longer visible on the website of the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, and multiple individuals with knowledge of the decision told POLITICO that the physicians' organization decided to drop out after the coalition broadened its opposition last month from "Medicare for All" to more incremental proposals like former Vice President Joe Biden's plan for a government-run public option. The AMA in June agreed at an annual meeting to study the feasibility of a public option after years of opposition to single-payer health care. (Diamond and Cancryn, 8/15)
AMA Exits Partnership Fighting Medicare For All, Public Options
The AMA still opposes single payer, or Medicare for all, AMA CEO James Madara said in a statement, attributing the reason for the departure to different advocacy priorities. "The AMA decided to leave the Partnership for America's Health Care Future so that we can devote more time to advocating for these policies that will address current coverage gaps and dysfunction in our healthcare system," Madara said. (Luthi, 8/15)