AAMC Urges Congress Not to Repeal Health Care Reform Law
Washington, January 7, 2011—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement today in support of the Affordable Care Act:
“The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals stand behind the Affordable Care Act. Ensuring that all Americans have health care coverage is a moral imperative for our nation, and enactment of the Affordable Care Act was an important step toward that goal.
In our view, it would be unwise to repeal the act. With the act’s essential insurance reforms in place, we can now turn to the crucial work of transforming health care delivery and moving toward a system that provides accessible, high-quality, high-value, patient- and family-centered care.
A sufficient health care workforce is central to our efforts to improve the system. The expected shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020 remains a significant concern. With one in three physicians likely to retire within the next decade, the baby boom generation aging, and more Americans needing care, the demands on the health care system will be increasing. As Congress and the administration move forward with the annual federal budget process, we urge lawmakers to avoid any actions that could exacerbate this shortage.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.