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A few weeks ago, it looked like the AMA might collaborate with the President in his effort to dismantle U.S. health care, presumably in the hope that groveling would prevent reimbursement cuts for its membership.
But the President was playing the AMA leadership for chumps. He plans to push through the “public option” and to force doctors to participate in the program. This caused an epiphany at the AMA:
As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element of legislation to remake the health care system.
It will be interesting to see if the AMA can influence the outcome of the “public option” debate. The organization once wielded considerable power inside the Beltway, but not so much these days.
One thing is certain: Collaborating with Obama won’t get the AMA anywhere. He’s going to doublecross the health care stakeholders whenever it is politically expedient.
+ May 2009
+ May 2008
+ May 2007