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AMA to Wall Street Journal: Medicare Should Offer Seniors More Choices

March 1, 2012 (published)

The Wall Street Journal
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Kimberley Strassel's "The War on Wyden" (Potomac Watch, Feb. 17) notes the need for members of Congress to work together to address problems in Medicare. The fiscal sustainability of Medicare is a challenge that impacts current Medicare patients, the baby boomers now entering the program as well as all taxpayers.

The AMA supports solutions that give seniors more choices in Medicare, including reforms that give them the ability to purchase insurance in the private market with financial support. The goal of Medicare reform should be to work in a bipartisan manner to improve the quality of care for seniors and baby boomers while addressing rising costs.

Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association