The American Medical Association is pressing Congress for a bipartisan fix to Obamacare's exchanges that are reeling from higher premiums and insurer defections.
The statement from the major doctors group comes less than a day after Republican support for a bill to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed. The AMA was opposed to that bill but still wants a bipartisan solution for the individual market, which includes Obamacare's exchanges and is used by people that don't get insurance via work.
"The status quo is unacceptable," AMA President David O. Barbe said in a statement. "Near-term action is needed to stabilize the individual/nongroup health insurance marketplace."
In the long term, Congress needs to pass legislation that addresses "the unsustainable trends in healthcare costs while achieving meaningful, affordable coverage for all Americans."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't plan to work with Democrats, even though he once said that was the course of action he would take if the Senate health bill failed.
McConnell instead wants the Senate to pass a 2015 bill that gutted Obamacare but left it in place for two years while a replacement is crafted.
The AMA was among several medical stakeholder groups that opposed the Senate health bill, including the American Hospitals Association. Major insurance lobbying group America's Health Insurance Plans also objected to some parts of the bill, most notably an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would have allowed insurers to sell plans that didn't comply with Obamacare as long as they sold one that did.