Don’t be fooled by Obama’s photo op of October 5 to promote ObamaCare on the White House lawn with 150 doctors — complete with theatrical props of supplied white coats.
The photo op notwithstanding, do physicians really support ObamaCare?
Our own beloved GiovanniWorld member Doc’s Wife repeatedly tells us that her husband — as well as many other physicians they know — intend to quit medicine should health care “reform” becomes a reality.
It is not just anecdotal evidence such as the testimony of Doc’s Wife. None other than the former president of the American Medical Association (AMA) Dr. Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, rebuts claims that doctors back the health reform efforts in Congress noting there are differences of opinions among doctors.
Dr. Palmisano has formed the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights. He says: “Americans must avoid expansion of government in medicine and that means defeat of the ‘public plan.’ Otherwise we may have a lack of access to critical medicines and a loss of access to physicians in our hour of need.” To join the coalition, go HERE.
Obama certainly has tried to court the support and endorsement of the AMA. The AMA first refused to endorse ObamaCare. Obama then made a speech to the AMA meeting in June, after which the AMA buckled under and endorsed HR 3200 — the 1000+ page health care reform bill called America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009.
The current position of the AMA is that it is “committed to [health care] reform” and “will work to strengthen” whatever final bill that eventuates.
But in endorsing HR 3200, the AMA ended up with a revolt of its members. Seven state medical associations–including those in New Jersey, Texas and Georgia–took the highly unusual step of breaking with their parent to denounce the bill. Several groups of specialty doctors — neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and general surgeons — have joined the anti-ObamaCare coalition and have even been joined by two physicians who recently served as presidents of the AMA. An online straw poll on the doctors-only Web site Sermo.com found that 94% of 10,500 physicians polled oppose the bill.
While the AMA is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States, it is hardly representative of America’s medical profession. The AMA claims only 1.5 out of 10 practicing physicians as members. There are currently approximately 900,000 practicing physicians in America. MedPage Today estimates that the AMA only represents 135,300 “real, practicing physicians” as of 2005 (15.0% of America’s practicing physicians). Furthermore, AMA’s membership has declined in recent years.