AMA: We're Open To Some Public Plans

The American Medical Association takes issue with how the New York Times characterized their  stance on government-run health care options.


"Today's New York Times story creates a false impression about the AMA's position on a public plan option in health care reform legislation. The AMA opposes any public plan that forces physicians to participate, expands the fiscally-challenged Medicare program or pays Medicare rates, but the AMA is willing to consider other variations of the public plan that are currently under discussion in Congress. This includes a federally chartered co-op health plan or a level playing field option for all plans. The AMA is working to achieve meaningful health reform this year and is ready to stand behind legislation that includes coverage options that work for patients and physicians."

What this means: the AMA is open to any plan that doesn't force physicians to accept lower fees.