Physicians at the AMA House of Delegates meeting on Sunday spent almost 3 hours debating whether the AMA should continue to support the so-called individual mandate. That mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, would require Americans to purchase health insurance coverage.
On the pro side, physicians argued that having health insurance had been shown to equate with longer and healthier lives. On the con side, many doctors said that the mandate would take away individual freedom and possibly result in the collapse of the insurance market.
Elsewhere at the meeting, physicians talked about gay marriage and civil unions, whether Medicaid should be converted to a block grant program. They also discussed a physician’s right to counsel patients about gun use.
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— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)