New AMA Chief: No Chaos With Court’s Health Ruling
CHICAGO (AP) - Americans should not expect chaos if the U.S. Supreme Court rejects all or part of the sweeping health care law, the incoming president of the nation’s largest physicians group said Wednesday.
Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, who takes over as the American Medical Association’s president later this month, isn’t making any predictions on a high court decision, he told The Associated Press in an interview.
His preference would be for the court to uphold President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. But if it doesn’t, "I don’t see doctors just throwing up their hands or patients not being able to get taken care of," Lazarus said.
Health insurance coverage "and how that influences the cost of health care, and whether everyone gets a fair shot at getting coverage - those will be challenges. But I don’t think it will be chaotic," Lazarus said.
Lazarus, 68, a Denver psychiatrist, takes over at the AMA on June 19 during the group’s annual policymaking meeting in Chicago. He’ll be just the third psychiatrist to lead the AMA, and the first in decades.
The current president, Dr. Peter Carmel, is a neurosurgeon and ends his yearlong term during the meeting.