AMA gets behind Senate health bill

CHICAGO: The American Medical Association is launching a national grass-roots campaign to mobilize voters to support patients’ rights legislation that will be voted on in the Senate this fall.

CHICAGO: The American Medical Association is launching a national grass-roots campaign to mobilize voters to support patients’ rights legislation that will be voted on in the Senate this fall.

CHICAGO: The American Medical Association is launching a national

grass-roots campaign to mobilize voters to support patients’ rights

legislation that will be voted on in the Senate this fall.



In a continuation of its ’National House Call’ campaign begun last

December, the AMA will embark on a media tour later this month. Dr.

Thomas Riordan, the immediate past president of the AMA, said that the

objective of the campaign remains the same: to inform voters about their

senators’ position on patients’ rights.



’We’ll let voters know where the various candidates stand on the issue,

and if they’ve opposed the bill of patients’ rights, we’ll let voters

know that so they’ll vote this fall,’ Riordan said.



The AMA launched a separate campaign last month to secure passage of the

pro-patient and pro-doctor Norwood-Dingell bill. ’Seventy-five to 80% of

the public wants a strong bill of rights to protect them from managed

care,’ Riordan explained. ’We’re going to tell senators that they need

to listen to the polls and voters.’



For the Norwood-Dingell bill, the AMA faces opposition not only from

HMOs but also from critics such as Family USA and influential Princeton

health economist Ewe Reinhardt. Both charge that the AMA is more

concerned about their own autonomy and salaries than patients’ rights.



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