By Sam Baker - 06/20/11 10:06 PM EDT
AMA President Cecil Wilson said the "overwhelming" vote shows that doctors still believe a mandate is necessary to achieving universal coverage.
Delegates at the meeting voted down a proposal to let each state decide its own position on the mandate. Wilson said that position wouldn't be consistent with the AMA's stance is a necessary part of expanding coverage.
"We did not feel that having one state decide not to do that … was a fair way to go," he told reporters following the vote.
He also said he would be "surprised" if the AMA revisits the issue again next year, but that it also would be "unusual" for the organization to file a brief defending the mandate in court.