WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the American Medical Association (AMA) and AARP endorsed the Democratic plan for health care reform:
“The endorsements of the AARP and AMA – two of the most trusted groups representing our nation’s seniors and doctors – are truly significant. Having the support of these organizations speaks volumes about the confidence they have in the Affordable Health Care for America Act and its promise to vastly improve health care for all Americans, as well as legislation that will ensure fair payments to Medicare providers.
“For seniors, we will protect access to Medicare doctors and strengthen health care security by closing the prescription drug donut hole in coverage, ending co-pays for preventative care services, and extending Medicare’s solvency. And the support of our doctors, who know exactly where the fault lines in our health care system lie, conveys a strong belief that our bill will significantly strengthen care for patients.
“These endorsements add to the expanding number of organizations now backing the House bill, which also includes Consumers Union - the leading voice on behalf of consumer interests. As we move closer to a vote, support for the Affordable Health Care for America Act is strong and growing.”