Doctors vs. Obama
You probably remember that the AMA supports the Democrat’s health plan:
The AMA applauds Chairman Baucus and his colleagues for their hard work and important contribution toward our mutual objective of comprehensive health system reform.
Sounds pretty convincing – if doctors are for it, how can it be all that bad?
How about we ask the doctors:
Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan.
Four of nine doctors, or 45%, said they “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passes the plan the Democratic majority and White House have in mind.
There seems to be a serious disconnect between actual doctors and the organization that pretends to represent them.
Now let’s turn the clock back to 1993. Once again, the AMA weighs in on health care plans. Back then, however, it was President Clinton.
The American Medical Association urged doctors today to lobby patients to oppose central elements of President Clinton’s health plan, including Federal regulation of health insurance premiums and cuts in the growth of Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Lonnie R. Bristow, chairman of the association, said: “The President has offered the country a prescription for what ails our health care system. … He’s prescribing some pretty stiff, new and untried medicine. We are worried that no one really knows what the side effects are going to be.”
In the letter to the physicians, Dr. Bristow and Dr. Joseph T. Painter, the president of the A.M.A., said, “We have serious reservations about the President’s proposal because it would limit choices by patients and physicians, undermine the quality of medical services and lead to Federal control of medical education and the physician work force.”
In 1993, “Federal regulation of health insurance premiums”, “that no one really knows what the side effects are going to be”, and “limiting choices by patients and physicians” were unacceptable to the AMA.
Today, however, they don’t seem all bad. We wonder why…. There may be a good reason, and we’ll get to that in the next post.