AMA President Optimistic Over Health Care Bill

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

AMA President and Bryan resident Dr. James Rohack says he is encouraged by the Health Care Reform Bill approved by Congress.

He calls the bill an important step toward providing coverage to all Americans and improving our nation's health system. Rohack says he is hopeful it can help restore balance between the rising cost of insurance and the actual cost of health care.

"Healthcare premiums have increased 131 percent. So the average family now is spending more than $13,000 a year on health care premiums," he said. "But yet at the same time, the cost, the health spending last year was the lowest that its been in over 50 years at only 4.4 percent. So we don't see the balance here of why you need to increase premiums 39 percent when the spending has only increased less than 5 percent."

Rohack says while the bill isn't perfect, we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good when it comes to something as important as the health of Americans.

Links to More Information on the Heathcare Bill

Summary of Changes to Expect if the Bill becomes Law - (Reuters)

Links to the Healthcare Bill Itself
H.R. 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - (
H.R. 3590 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - (

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