AMA Quits Industry Coalition Opposed To Medicare Expansion
The AMA was among the partnership's founding members
The American Medical Association (AMA) has quit a coalition that's led the health industry's fight against Medicare expansion, the first crack in its opposition to Democratic candidates' proposals.
The AMA's logo is no longer visible on the website of the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, and multiple individuals with knowledge of the decision told POLITICO that the physicians' organization decided to drop out after the coalition broadened its opposition last month from "Medicare for All" to more incremental proposals like former Vice President Joe Biden's plan for a government-run public option. The AMA in June agreed at an annual meeting to study the feasibility of a public option after years of opposition to single-payer healthcare. The partnership confirmed that the AMA had left.
“Our diverse and fast-growing coalition strongly agrees with the American Medical Association that Medicare for all is the wrong approach for America’s health care and we have appreciated the opportunity to work with them throughout the past year," the partnership said in a statement.
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