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June 16th, 2009
05:57 PM ET

AMA responds to Pres. Obama's health care plan

The President of the American Medical Association Dr. Nancy Nielsen joined Tony Harris and CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen today on the AMA's views of President Obama's health care plan.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Stanlely Norton

    since Pres Obama is now extending health benefits to gay and lesbian partners does that mean if someone needs health benefits
    all they need to do is shack up with a fed employee

    June 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  2. John Babitskas

    Tony, great job today. You were spot on about asking for their solution rather then just saying no. Tell Elizabeth to hound them like a sick puppy needs her momma. Again, great job. I love your slot because you connect with the common folk. Jihn.

    June 17, 2009 at 2:55 am |
  3. John Appleton

    I think it is also worth noting that the AMA has gone from representing 90% of doctors 50 years ago to only representing 1/3 of doctors today. The leadership in the AMA is only has made made made gaining profit its number 1 conern and in the process caused health care costs to rise.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  4. John Appleton

    CNN should consider having Dr. Quentin Young a 50 year member of the AMA who is a strong advocate of single payer health care. More diverse opinions on health care is needed in your coverage of health care.

    June 17, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  5. Harold

    How will President Obama's Healthcare Reform affect Physical Therapy providers.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  6. Jaxsun

    300 amendments to the health care bill? This is typical of our elected officals. Why can't the health care issue be approached as a single highly important bill for this country? Oh thats right, the "good old boys" demand thier piece of the pie.

    June 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  7. RJ

    no matter how you slice it the little guy, the middle class tax payer will end up paying for everones health care just like the middle class tax payer has always paid for the rich and the poor, nothings changed with Obama being Prez, hes in bed with big industry just like the rest of the politicians in this country! It seems to me that the top 5% of wage earners in this country also make most of all economics decisions and have been slashing the middle guy to pieces so they the top 5% should start picking up the tab and the middle guy should be taking their wealth, its only fair they have been sending the middle class into poverty now for the past 10 years, its time for payback!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  8. RJ

    Everyone in this country who recieves health care should be responsible for their own care period! Its not fair that a few of us pay for everyone elses health care considering most low income people, are over weight and smoke. I cant afford to over eat or smoke! At the very least we should all be on a sliding scale according to how healthy one is! I who is not over weight and dont smoke and have no existing conditions should pay next to nothing while the over weight smoker with all kinds of problems should have to pay a lot if they want coverage! Just like car insurance, I`ve never had one accident and I`m 40 years old, never file a claim but my insurance is higher than a lot of people with multiple accidents, I shouldnt have to pay for other peoples mistakes period!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  9. RJ

    Wait a minute, Obama wants to darn near regulate everything but the 2 most important ones he should be regulating for the good of the American people, INSURANCE and OIL companies! These two by far affect more Americans than any thing else and its time to give oil back to the people and its long time to make fair of the Insurance industry!

    June 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  10. Davina

    I remember Obama saying something about taxing the oil companies on the profits they get when gasoline costs are high for consumers...This would be a way to get money for his healthcare reform. I see gasoling rising every day, we know someone is making a profit on this. Tax it!!!

    June 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  11. shirley flaherty

    The AMA has been in charge of the system for the last 50 years. So how do we like it so far? Sucks!!

    Asking the AMA for a plan is like puting the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  12. katie

    I love how this will be similiar to Medicare in payment and ...gee, guess what, alot of doctors are not accepting Medicare ( and private insurance for that matter) due to reimbursement. On average if a doctor charges $100 for a visit they need to accept 80% payment for a medicare patient, if they accept assignment. If they do not accept Medicare or any other payor source ( which alot of doctors in my area are doing), they can charge as a cash patient.

    One of my doctors told me she did not accept my insurance and I had to pay as a cash patient. Who is to stop her from doing so....sure I could have gone to another doctor who accepts my insurance, but I would have had to transfer my records, be charged for a new patient consult ( higher rate than f/u visit ) and personally, would have had to accept a lower quality doc.

    Many physicians are NOT accepting insurance anymore, and contrary to popular belief ARE NOT OBLIGATED to accept any form of government payment to see a patient. So care will be suboptimal based on the greedy ones who are not very bright and will see you at any price ( I personally call these bottom feeders).

    The politicians need to have a panel of healthcare workers involved in the process of reforming the system or we will have an HMO system similiar to the eighties.

    June 18, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  13. shirley flaherty

    A special thanks to the Republicans for being sucessful in bankrupting Medicare, with the help of Demo??crats.
    They have admitted ramming the Drug Part D through in the dead of night with a provision that prohibits any comparative shopping for best prices.

    If that is reformed, there will be money to pay doctors.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  14. Bernie Lemieux

    The public health care option financing has never been explained properly by the Obama administration. He tells us that the insurance companies have agreed to cover the insurees from birth to death and to never drop them for any reason whatsoever. Under that scenario, their costs would be much greater than they are now. Can anybody actually believe this? It does not make any sense at all. Their first priority is to make money. I don't blame them, the're businesses. Public schools were businesses too a long time ago. They have been socialize since then for the public good so that everybody has the opportunity for a basic education. This is the 21st century, it's about time that the same principle be applied to health care. The health insurance industry and the drug companies have monopolized the health industry for maximun profit. Some of the CEO's and executives of these companies make 100 times the average industrial wage. This is insane, there not God. There just smart poeple doing their job. In the health care indusrty, poeple should get a good wage for a job well done. If you cut somebody because he has an aggressive cancer, you're not human. I understand that they have to make a profit; the latest chemo drugs cost 15 thousand dollars or more a month. That's why the primary health care providers should not be businesses. They can own the associated health service companies and still make money. Idon't understand how under president Obama's public option poeple would pay for their health care! They would include the poor, the jobless and the homeless. it's a foolish dream to believe that this group can pay thousands for their care. If you make it too cozy at the bottom, a lot of poeple will want to be there. But there is nothing free in this world. I'm from Canada, we pay a GST tax which is a consumption tax and a provincial health tax in most provinces to pay for our "free health care"; but it's worth it. It's the only way to ensure that everybody pays something toward their care! Even the homeless consumes. Our cost is about half of what it is in the States. Most of us like our system. We're issued a numbered health care card in order to be covered. All hospital tests and surgical procedures are ordered via a bar code sysrem to control costs and to prevent repetitive testing. There is a notion out there that we abandon our seniors to save money. Totally false, the only ones that have their plug pulled are the ones that are brain dead with no expectation of recovery, and only with the family's permission. The ones that are palliative,terminal are supported fully to expiration under home care or in hospices. Ther are limitations on the most expansive transplantation programs like hearth anf lung transplants after age 75. There should be a government monetary incentive for famlies of young poeple who die in accidents to agree to organ harvesting to support the transplant program. This is only a suggestion. Can you really leave your health care in the hands of free enteprise after what they did on Wall Street, the banking system and destroyed the world's financial system. I hope not. They can be part of it but in a supporting role. The big problem is that most americans are totally brainwashed again socializism which they equate to communism. You need an education campain to inform them and to allay their fear.

    August 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
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    August 26, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  16. Floyd Clark

    If whoever chose the people in the Finance Committee should have their head examined because the republicans has been running this healthcare from the start and they dont even want health care,if they did they would check out all of the slang thats going around like "the Public Option will allow Illegals to receive health care"WRONG-Anyone including Illegals who go to the emergency room in the hospital WILL receive medical treatment no matter whayt they need,will reveive treatment with or without the P/O.Another thing is that the Supreme Court ruled that the Public Option was illegal–oh my oh my,where does this junk come from could it be from Beck,Hannity or Limbaugh,im sure it does I wish you would check things out before you speak,it would be a much better country,think about it!!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm |