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Doctors signal they'll work with Obama. Good or bad?

CHICAGO – The nation's largest group of doctors began their annual meeting as a potential obstacle to President Obama's health care overhaul. After a big pep talk from Obama himself, they ended it Wednesday by signaling they won't close the door on one of his key proposals, a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
While the Obama administration would have preferred a strong endorsement, the vote by American Medical Association doctors is a victory of sorts for the White House and the group will continue to be a player in the health care reform efforts.
The AMA is known to be a conservative bunch and has clashed with previous administrations' attempts to shape health policy. Its membership has been dwindling for years, down to about one-fourth of the nation's physicians, but it remains a visible lobbying presence in Washington.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Do they have friggin' choice?


    He's a dictator!


    Wanting to survive isn't the same as aquiescing.

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:48 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • oh please. Yes they have a choice.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • oh please. Yes they have a choice.


     


    Do tell?.........................

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:55 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • how are they being forced grace?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I asked you first.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:03 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • asked what? you said they don't have a choice the article clearly states they did as they have not 100% approved anything yet. so I'm asking you since you are contradicting the news article how were they forced?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • Grace the AMA is a powerful lobbying group. Do not underestimate their pull in congress.


    OP Yes, this is a good sign. Cooperation, or at the very least a willingness to hear someone out is always a good sign.

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 11:08 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I don't like the fact that the AMA would climb into the pocket of any politician. The fact that their membership has dwindled down to a fourth of all physicians signals concern for me.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:16 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • What I saw and read was that the AMA was against nationalized healthcare. It would be one big mess and the elderly would not be given scans or mris because they would die sooner anyway. Nice thought! Socialized medicine would determine who gets care and who doesn't.
    Scorpio359

    Answer by Scorpio359 at 11:19 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

  • I think the other 75% of physicians who don't belong to the AMA said NOOOOOOOOO.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:19 PM on Jun. 17, 2009

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