Sanders’ Socialist Nightmare: Nation's Top Doctor Group Rejects Medicare for All
The American Medical Association rejects bill that would allow government finance
2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders had is socialist dreams crushed after the nation's largest doctor group narrowly defeated a measure that would end their opposition to proposals allowing the healthcare system to be financed by the government.
The American Medical Association will now continue to back an expansion of Obamacare and will study "public option" plans in which government coverage is given to people alongside private health insurance plans.
The bill would cover all living in the US with a government plan without the need for private health insurance.
Sanders has long since pushed the bill which has the backing of other Democratic candidates who currently serve in the Senate.
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Senior vice president of governmental affairs and public policy for the American College of Physicians, Bob Doherty, tweeted the measure was defeated by only 53%.
"The delegates are clearly divided, nearly down the middle, on it," he wrote.
According to The Washington Examiner: The American Medical Association has more than 200,000 members and is a powerful lobbying group in Congress.
It belongs to the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, an organization that lobbies against government healthcare, and that is also comprised of health insurers, hospitals, and drug companies.
Delegates rejected the move toward promoting a government-financed healthcare system as part of their annual meeting in Chicago.
During the weekend, 40 liberal activists interrupted the conference to get the attention of members by holding a "die in" to have the group support government healthcare and leave the Partnership for America's Health Care future.
Roughly 25% of practicing physicians belong to the group, which concluded at its meeting that Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, was "not broken, but it is imperfect."
They recommended providing coverage to the roughly 30 million people who don't have health insurance, rather than "upending the health insurance coverage of most Americans," the group said in a release.
They are backing an increase in federal subsidies for people who buy their health insurance and making more people eligible for them, as well as an increase in the amount the government would pay toward people's out-of-pocket medical expenses if they're on Obamacare plans.
Sanders embarked on his campaign trail in March promising students at the University of Iowa “Medicare for all” and an end to President Donald Trump.
Sanders, who spoke to a cheering crowd of student socialists, called Trump 'the most dangerous president in modern American history.'
“This is a campaign that not only is going to win the Democratic nomination … that is not only going to defeat Donald Trump -- the most dangerous president in modern American history --, but this campaign is about more than that,” Sanders said.