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Monday, June 27, 2011

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORK HOSTS DR. MALONE ON AMA DECISION ON INSURANCE COVERAGE

Immediately after the AMA House of Delegates voted to keep AMA’s support for a mandate that nearly all Americans be required to have or buy health insurance, TMA arranged an interview with national CBS Radio for TMA President Bruce Malone, MD. The discussion ranged from the issue itself, to the tenor of the often-heated debate, to the impact the vote will have on AMA membership. “The AMA house has struggled with the question of how do you provide insurance for more of our citizens without violating individual rights.” Dr. Malone said. “The mandate to buy health insurance is offensive to some, but insurance pools do not work economically without broad participation. So Texas physicians wanted to leave these rules to the states instead of having it determined by the federal government.” The state option failed in the House by a 3:2 margin.

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