American Medical Association backs health reform despite challenges from some membersBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4060 (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4060
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 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 …