AARP, AMA Come Out in Favor of Dem Healthcare Bill
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:06:14 AM EST
The cause of healthcare reform receives a huge boost today:
Today AARP announced its endorsement of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) and the accompanying Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act (H.R. 3961). The Association's support follows nearly two years of work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to craft a health care reform plan that meets the needs of AARP's nearly 40 million members and all older Americans. Among those needs are reforms that strictly curb insurance companies' discrimination against older Americans and Medicare improvements that strengthen benefits while protecting the program for future generations.
This isn't too bad of news, either:
The American Medical Association endorsed the House Democratic leadership's health care reform bill Thursday.
It's "not a perfect representation of our views," but is close enough to warrant the support of the organization, AMA President Dr. J. James Rohack said.
Two days out for the forthcoming House vote on healthcare reform, I'm feeling more in more confident that the Democratic leadership will be able to round up the 218 votes in favor of their legislation. Still wondering, though, if Michael Barone or any of the other naysayers are going to be willing to take me up on a bet -- the beneficiary of which would be charitable -- that healthcare reform will pass through the House on Saturday.