AMA January 17, 2020
Andis Robeznieks

A divided Congress and a presidential election year create impediments to passing meaningful health care legislation. But Todd Askew, the AMA’s new senior president of advocacy, believes there are still opportunities for bipartisan bills to pass.

Helping in this regard is a May 22 deadline to extend funding for popular health care programs and the fact that, according to a Gallup poll, health care concerns such as cost, access and coverage were the top issues on voters’ minds in the 2018 midterm elections, and politicians want to be viewed as being on the right side of those topics.

During the recent AMA State Advocacy Summit in Bonita Springs, Florida, Askew noted that Washington gridlock opens the door for serious state-level...