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.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
Do they have friggin' choice?
He's a dictator!
Wanting to survive isn't the same as aquiescing.
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:48 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
oh please. Yes they have a choice.
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 10:55 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:03 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
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.
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.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:16 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by Scorpio359 at 11:19 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:19 PM on Jun. 17, 2009