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Revolt at the American Medical Association over health care bill endorsement

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The American Medical Association House of Delegates drew up a resolution last night which would withdraw their support of the House health care bill. Members are likely to vote on whether or not to withdraw their support of the bill earlier in the week. This action is a result of members within the organization who revolted, when the AMA initially gave the the healthcare legislation its endorsement. President Obama touted the endorsement of the AMA and AARP on Thursday at the White House.

Procedural votes are happening today to attempt to have the resolution’s vote placed on the agenda earlier in the week. The AMA’s House of Delegates is the principal policy-making body of the American Medical Association.

Executive director David Cook of the Medical Association of Georgia  sent the Washington Times the latest copy of the resolution drawn up last night at the meeting and explained how the voting would work.:

“[A] vote to make Late Resolution 1006 an item of business at the meeting requires 2/3 vote as it was filed so close to the meeting.  That vote will occur this afternoon[Saturday].  If that vote fails, that resolution will not be made an item of business.  In the event the vote fails, we should be able to raise the issue. 

If the vote to make the Late Resolution 1006 an item of business, the actual resolution will be voted on Monday.”

 

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES

 

Late Resolution: 1006

(I-09)

 

Introduced by:          Alabama Delegation Arkansas Delegation, Delaware Delegation, District of Columbia Delegation, Florida Delegation, Georgia Delegation, Kansas Delegation, Louisiana Delegation, New Jersey Delegation, South Carolina Delegation, West Virginia Delegation, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, Triological Society

 

Subject:            Withdraw support of HR 3962           

 

 

Resolved, that the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association rescinds the action taken by the AMA Board of Trustees supporting HR 3962 the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

 

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Kerry Picket

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Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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