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ICYMI: AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION COMES OUT AGAINST SENATE HEALTH CARE REPEAL BILL

Jun 26, 2017

Columbus, OH – The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced its opposition to the GOP health care repeal bill in a letter sent to Senate leaders.

The AMA cites its main concerns as the bill’s failure to maintain access to affordable coverage, ensure funding for safety net programs, and keep important protections––like those for pre-existing conditions––in place.

“Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm,’” the letter reads. “The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels.”

AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James Madara concludes the letter by saying, “We believe that Congress should be working to increase the number of Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance instead of pursuing policies that have the opposite effect, and we renew our commitment to work with you in that endeavor.”

The full letter from the AMA to can be found here.

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