Meridian Physician Comments on Health Care Reform

A week after President Obama addressed the American Medical Association about his proposal on how to reform health care, a local policy maker with the group is speaking out.

Dr. . Scott Anderson serves as the medical director at Anderson Cancer Center in Meridian. He attended last week's speech in Chicago.

Anderson is one of the delegates from Mississippi who votes on policies for the AMA. He says while the AMA supports health care reform initiatives that are consistent with its vision, at this time, it is not endorsing or denouncing the part of the president's proposal that calls for a public plan which would create a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurance companies.

Anderson said no matter what, something must be done to address the needs of the uninsured.

"In just the time since the economic downturn has occurred, the number of uninsured Americans has gone from 42 million to 45 million. The latest statistics were 54 million," said Anderson. "That's 25 states the size of Mississippi without insurance."

When it comes to the public plan aspect of the president's proposal, Anderson says there are still some things that need to be worked out.

President Obama says he hopes to have a health care reform plan ready to sign into law by October.

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