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The Schizophrenia of the AMA

Ebola100 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 10:37 AM
Kenneth, You are so very wrong. T Doctors may have a "vested interest" in supporting the position of the Federal government but the vast majority don't. Why? Because their ethical obligation is to the patient. So, if your statement is correct, doctors are acting against their own interests to protect the patients. Despite that fact, there are limits to what they can accept and still survive. If Medicare reduces payments by 25-30% there will be a mass exodus of physicians from the program. But, not to worry, the government knows this and has no intention of implementing these cuts. They keep the law for the sole purpose of threatening physicians every year with it.
Ebola100 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 10:39 AM
Then, when they postpone it again they get to crow about something they did for physicians. Something they never intended to do it the first place. Likewise, the AMA gets to crow about something they did by blocking the implementation.

In the aftermath of the Obama presidential election, healthcare reform became an intensely debated political issue, and the American Medical Association (AMA) had a difficult time deciding their position on the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare). In 2009, the AMA initially announced that they could not support President Obama'a plan for healthcare reform. One week later, they abruptly reversed course, proclaiming that they were completely behind his plan; support which proved critical for passage of this bill. Two weeks ago, the AMA announced their version of a premium support plan for Medicare, which would be introduced and debated during their...