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Was this a fair way to get the support for the Health Care Bill?

Obama paid off the AMA with a promise to kill the 21% cut in physicians reimbursements, promised financial support to the AARP and eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The drug industry got a 10 year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs and the promise that Canadian drugs won't come into the US. And the Latin Causus were promised 24 hours before the vote that they would get their illegals covered.

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Asked by pvtjokerus at 8:18 AM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If this was a great thing, one would think that all would be happy to support it w/out the bribes.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 8:19 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • link please?

    Answer by sugahmamma at 8:23 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • No, but not suprising at all.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:43 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • you'd be surprised to know what the low percentage is of doctors who actually belong to the AMA...less than 30%. the common person wrongly thinks that every doctor automatically is a part of the AMA.
    just didn't want you to think your doctor was in the majority..he might be in the minorirty.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 9:20 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 AM on Nov. 8, 2009


    Here's another link. The big bad democrat himself, Dick Morris, who still considers himself a democrat; he's just not a progressive socialist. I knew there had to be some big promises made. The problem with the promises of a politician is that they aren't worth the air they are spoken in. As this bill goes to the Senate and behind closed doors, you had better be very diligent in contacting your senators to let them know you want this bill to die in the Senate. We aren't thrown to the dogs yet.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:57 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Thanks anon. I couldn't get the "link maker" to work.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:06 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Actually, I believe the AMA membership is less than 20% of all physicians nationwide. I don't have a link, so I guess if someone asks for one I will have to research it later.

    So, doesn't this mean that the bill will cost even MORE than originally estimated? Wow, big surprise.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:25 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • It’s an open secret in Washington that only about 15-20 percent of doctors are members of the AMA. Sermo, a 110,000-member, non-partisan online community of doctors — 25 percent of whom say they are members of the AMA — has recently released polls showing that 92 percent of doctors don’t think the Democratic bills address the “real sources of cost increases,” and 94 percent don’t think there can be “effective” health reform without tort reform (which the Republican bill includes but the Democratic bills do not).



    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

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