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AMA Congratulates President Obama on Re-Election

For immediate release:
Nov. 7, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The AMA congratulates President Obama on winning re-election as the President of the United States. This is a critically important time for our health care system, and America's physicians remain at the forefront of policy discussions, working with President Obama, members of Congress and the administration to focus on the important task of improving both the delivery of health care and the health of our nation.

"The AMA believes that physician leadership is critical to the successful evolution of health care in a patient-focused delivery system. As the nation's largest and most influential physician organization, the AMA is eager to continue working with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle to accelerate bold innovation in medical education, create an environment in which physicians thrive in sustainable practices, and help patients and physicians work together to improve health outcomes and ensure high quality care with optimal value for our health care dollar.

"The AMA is also committed to working with Congress and the administration to stop the nearly 27 percent cut scheduled to hit physicians who care for Medicare patients on January 1. It is time to transition to a plan that will move Medicare away from this broken physician payment system and toward a Medicare program that rewards physicians for providing well-coordinated, efficient, high-quality patient care while reducing health care costs."

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Contact:
Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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