The AMA is, and always has been, a joke. They pretend to represent physician interests, but never have. Look how physicians have taken it from behind over the last 20 years.Am I seeing things or did I long on the SDN only to see an add in favor of the Premier's health care bill paid for by the AMA at the top of this page?
Funny, cause the primary folk say the complete opposite.You all need to remember that the AMA is also very primary care driven-much of their membership is from the primary care fields-thus, it's in their vested interest to support this legislation as their salaries will increase while screwing us as anesthesiologists
They seem to be interested to sell life insurance....I was a member of the AMA for 1 yr right out of residency . I quickly learned how anti-anesthesiology they are and have never been a member since. I still get emails asking me to return and they just don't get it.
I was a member of the AMA for 1 yr right out of residency . I quickly learned how anti-anesthesiology they are and have never been a member since. I still get emails asking me to return and they just don't get it.
BingoAlso the whole BS about the 49 million or whatever uninsured in the US is that high because more than 50% of them are people in their 20's and early 30's who are healthy and don't want to waste money on health insurance and would rather spend it on something else, they never go to see their doctor because they don't need to. Then a good chunk of people should be on medicaid but are too stupid or too lazy to fill out the paperwork... the number of truly uninsured that can't afford insurance and can't qualify for medicaid isn't that big and they get free health care, there are free clinics or the ED doesn't turn anyone down, they just have to wait.. well now everyone will have to wait.
"In the last two weeks, the http://www.ama-assn.org/American Medical Association has endorsed the Houses version of the health care overhaul, and lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies and for-profit hospitals have stood with the White House to pledge billions in cost cuts so long as the proposed public health insurance program does not threaten to undercut them. The drug companies are even underwriting television commercials supporting an overhaul."
"Mr. Elmendorf said he encouraged clients to work with the administration. Look at the landscape, he tells them, and realize the Democrats will control the White House, House and Senate for at least four years.
How do you oppose such a popular president, especially when he has a style that seems so inviting and sensible? said Ed Rogers, a Reagan administration official whose lobbying firm, BGR Group, reported a 13 percent decline in first-quarter fees, to about $4.1 million.
A lot of the typical industry players that would, on paper, be against these initiatives, Mr. Rogers said, have been in part co-opted and in part intimidated by the administration.
Primary care guys are fools if they trust the govt. To read some of their stuff, looks like they are buying it hook, line, and sinker. Sad to see them begging for gov't scraps, while CRNAs out-earn them with half the work and a tenth of the knowledge/investment.The AMA did the political math. The AMA threw the specialists under the bus. Primary care will come out this of as winners. However, if the congressional bills put the NP's and PA's on the same level as primary care doctors, it's probably a short-lived victory for primary care doctors.
Driving home today I hear the president of the AMA on the radio. He claims that the AMA endorsed the bill because the current bill is not the final bill.
What the F*ck does that mean?
So he endorsed a bill that he believes will change.
Am I missing something here?
This is why the AMA is losing the masses and that medicine may very well be in deep ****.
Because, as always, symbolism over substance is the rule for Barry-O, Nancy "the mother-in-law" Pelosi, and Reid. They honestly believe it is better to pass a piece of pandering $h1t legislation to keep their constituents happy than it is to craft a good, fair one. It's about keeping the votes and staying in power for them. They care more about their personal power than anything else.Obama said he "isn't familiar" what's in the healthcare bill.
Unbelievable!! How can anyone support this!?
Don't forget to donate to the ASAPAC once you're a member! Definitely worth the coin right now...I had my AMA membership sitting on the desk while I waited to see how they would handle this healthcare reform. Needless to say, after hearing about these kinds of things, that membership paper is in the trash and shall never be filled and I then went ahead and downloaded the ASA application knowing the importance of supporting the only organization that is fighting for us. It's really cheap for all residents to join (states on the form $12.50 after June 30th and $5 for medical students!!!!)
They should stand on principle. Obama's numbers are on the way downnnn...and fast, relative to other Prez'. In fact, faster than Carters at this point.
Because, as always, symbolism over substance is the rule for Barry-O, Nancy "the mother-in-law" Pelosi, and Reid. They honestly believe it is better to pass a piece of pandering $h1t legislation to keep their constituents happy than it is to craft a good, fair one. It's about keeping the votes and staying in power for them. They care more about their personal power than anything else.
Pretty much everyone on this thread seems to be of one mindset. I, personally, was considering canceling my membership after the AMA came out against any public plan. I have a feeling they heard it hard from their members who, much like myself, feel a public plan is necessary for any meaningful health reform. From some of the most recent statements from the ASA, I think they heard it too.This is going to be very interesting. The AMA will more than likely have to do some serious backtracking which I think has already started with the NPR story yesterday and I'll bet we see some public service messages as well. They are on the way to losing a large portion of their support. My prediction is that they will fold.