American Medical Association backs health reform despite challenges from some members

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4060
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The American Medical Association, which now represents less than a quarter of US doctors, last week beat back an attempt to revoke its support for the health reform bill passed on 21 March 2010 (BMJ 2010;340;c1635, doi:10.1136/bmj.c1635).

The AMA’s support of health reform, which it had opposed in the past, was crucial to passage of the bill last year. The association has taken a position in favour of President Barack Obama’s health reform since July 2009.

By a two to one vote and after some angry discussions, members of the AMA’s house of delegates, meeting in Chicago on 20 June, defeated a proposal to rescind …

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