AMA votes against 'Medicare for All'  

The American Medical Association on June 11 voted against supporting a single-payer healthcare system, in favor of maintaining support for the ACA.

The vote took place at the AMA's annual "House of Delegates" meeting. Fifty-three percent of delegates voted to oppose "Medicare for All" and 47 percent voted in favor, according to The Hill.

The physicians' association instead voted on policies that would help make health insurance under the ACA more affordable. The group voted to adopt policies in support of expanding premium tax credits, increasing cost-sharing reductions for qualifying individuals and expanding cost-sharing reductions beyond 250 percent of the family poverty level.

"The AMA is pursuing sustainable, practical solutions. Building on the ACA would help cover the uninsured without disrupting the coverage of most of Americans. We will continue to put our patients first as we engage in these debates moving forward," AMA President Barbara McAneny, MD, said in a press release.

The vote against Medicare for All came after a group of clinicians and medical students protested the AMA's position on the first day of the meeting in Chicago.

 

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