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AMA STATEMENT: REACTION TO BUSH HEALTH REFORM PROPOSAL

 AMA STATEMENT: REACTION TO BUSH HEALTH REFORM PROPOSAL
 CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association


today released the following, attributable to James S. Todd, M.D., executive vice president, AMA:
 "The physicians of this country are very encouraged that President Bush has elevated health care reform to a top national priority. The president's support for a public/private partnership is a reasonable approach to providing universal access without placing unrealistic expectations on government, business or taxpayers.
 "The president's proposed small business market insurance reforms, tax credits to the working poor and other federal health programs are good first steps toward properly funding the nation's health system.
 "The president's plans for restructuring Medicaid and Medicare have merit despite a strong emphasis in managed care that may restrict patient choice. Cost containment must be a priority in any meaningful reform. But managed care can represent a double-edged sword if used to restrict care or interfere with patient treatment.
 "The American Medical Association has strong concerns regarding any proposal that involves cuts or caps on Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. Illness and disease do not understand caps or budgets.
 "The president's aggressive leadership to reform a failing malpractice system will help eliminate costly defensive medicine, bloated liability premiums and provide access for injured people failed by the current system. We applaud his efforts to bring sanity and fairness to the court system.
 "We view the president's proposals as the basis for continued debate on the wide-ranging solutions now being considered."
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 /CONTACT: Craig May of AMA, 312-464-5360/ CO: American Medical Association ST: Illinois IN: HEA SU:


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