This morning, the Senate Finance Committee began their "mark-up" of health care reform legislation. Before the mark-up began, the American College of Surgeons, along with 19 surgical organizations, sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) indicating that we could not support the bill that he brought to the Senate Finance Committee. The surgical organizations highlighted the lack of a permanent fix to the Medicare physician payment system, the lack of substantive medical liability reform and our opposition to the creation of a Medicare Commission that would take decisions regarding Medicare out of the hands of elected Congressional officials. A full copy of the letter, which includes all of surgery's concerns with the Baucus bill, can be found here. The Senate Finance Committee mark-up is expected to last several days. We will continue to keep you updated as the health care reform debate continues in Washington.
L.D. Britt, M.D., FACS, Chair of the ACS Board of Regents
John L. Cameron, M.D., FACS, President of the American College of Surgeons
Andrew L. Warshaw, M.D., FACS, Chair of the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group
Christian Shalgian, ACS Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy