As affirmed by AMA's House of Delegates in Nov. 2016, the AMA remains committed to improving health insurance coverage and health care access.
The AMA has long advocated for health insurance coverage for all Americans, as well as pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access for patients. The same core principles and priorities will guide future AMA advocacy efforts regarding health care reform proposals that are central to our mission of improving public health.
Response to Proposed Legislation
After reviewing the MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the AMA remained opposed to the passage of the legislation. The AMA's letter to Congress on April 27 reiterated concerns that the AHCA would result in millions of Americans losing their current health care insurance coverage. Nothing in the MacArthur amendment remedies the shortcomings of the underlying bill. The AMA previously expressed their chief concerns to Congress on March 22 and March 7.