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Thank you very much aware of the doctors stand on the proposals make it their way through congress shall there -- a bit of a discrepancy summer for some are against it but joining us now in a Fox Business.
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Thank you for having me well the one big push right off the bat was that President Obama was able to say that the AMA was four at this includes.
Thousands of doctors and and to get that kind of endorsement is certainly significant.
But it didn't come quite easily you push for certain things which then you got -- tell us why you are very much for the president's plan.
Well we know the status quo is unacceptable.
There is an administrative burdens that drive up the health care costs bears defensive medicine that drives up health care costs.
And for 47 million Americans who can't afford health insurance.
They are really out in the cold.
So we were committed is the American Medical Association say as doctors every day -- caring for our patients.
And we want to change the system so we can outline every one together for affordable quality health insurance coverage.
With preserving the freedom of choice.
All right now doctor you know the president's got a tough sell here the American people don't buy the notion that this is going to be deficit neutral it's gonna cost money.
And one of the things that they seem to be bending on a little bit now is something that you lobbied heavily for sustainable growth rate that's something that would essentially.
Lol worthy do you have premiums that are received by doctors by about 20% next year.
If that is cut out.
By the administration -- make it more palatable to their blue dog Democrat friends would that be unacceptable by the -- Well we want to have a plan that works for every one and we know that our Medicare patients are.
A very important part of our American.
They worked in World War II they made our nation strong and if that is if patients.
Who are on Medicare.
Don't have access to their positions because the position can't keep our office open.
Facing a 21% cut next year and a 40% cut over the next few years -- that's really not a workable solution that's gonna make sense for anyone in the United States.
Doctor tell us why we shouldn't feared that we're heading toward something like -- Canadian system because.
Listen my parents -- Canadian Mike data system was -- searching here in the United States needs to say.
On paper it looked like a great idea and yes prescription drugs were cheaper in Canada.
But you have to wait for effort to get in to see a doctor even if you had a pretty serious condition.
There are a lot of scare tactics but there are a lot of legitimate fears here why should people not worried that this plant from the president might do the same thing.
Well we are committed as the American Medical Association to have pluralism and pluralism is very simple.
It means that the private sector we know in -- base and creates new technology.
Gives reward of the things we want to do.
But yet we also have a safety net and a safety -- is a public system so we need to have them both work together because let's face it.
People come from all around the world to the United States for the health care that they can receive here we don't want to destroy that we want to make it stronger.
But we also want to get rid of some of the things we don't do so while the administrative burdens defense of Madison are two examples that we really have to be focused on.
To make sure that we have costs under control to make this affordable for.
Every one what one of the things that drives defensive medicine in our our these frivolous lawsuits and so far the president seems who have ruled out.
Sort of a general tort reform that might limit those frivolous lawsuits.
Is that something that you were pushing harder for.
Well when the president spoke to the American Medical Association house of delegates in June and our delegates are composed of every state.
Over a 170 specialty societies medical students residents faculty at medical school really the whole -- Of the American Madison.
He said that he recognized.
Defensive medicine was -- cost driver he just didn't favor caps.
But we're gonna hold his feet to the fire just like we're gonna hold congress to the fire if you're serious about.
Reducing unnecessary cost we have to address the defensive medicine it's a key cost driver.
That explains a lot of the variation across the United States.
Doctor James drove hack it and -- president speaking to us exclusively thank you so much it's we need to hear voices like yours because people are ready to decide what they want here so thank you.
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