The American Medical Association announced Tuesday night its support for the G.O.P Medicare plan. This announcement comes after an agreement between House Speaker Gingrich and AMA leaders whereby the redesign of Medicare would not cut fees paid to doc tors. The agreement would also limit payment of damages to victims of medical malpractice and exempt doctors from antitrust laws in certain situations. Under the pre-agreement reform, $26 billion in savings over seven years would have come from cutting doctors’ payments. It is likely that now the plan will pass those costs on to the elderly, who already face dramatic premium increases and reduced coverage.