Thursday, June 11, 2009

AMA - I hope your phones are ringing and you have someone checking online discussion

I will make two stories easier for you to find:

Dr. Chris McCoy: Dear AMA: I Quit!

Dr. McCoy is Policy Chair for the National Physicians Alliance


I'm Out of here: A physician's goodbye to the AMA

Bet there are more out there - I didn't even have to search to find these two and there are mentions of more in the comments of each.

We have not forgotten Operation Coffee Cup either.

Operation Coffee Cup was a campaign conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) during the late 1950s and early 1960s in opposition to the Democrats' plans to extend Social Security to include health insurance for the elderly, later known as Medicare. As part of the plan, doctors' wives would organize coffee meetings in an attempt to convince acquaintances to write letters to Congress opposing the program. The operation received support from Ronald Reagan, who in 1961 produced the LP record Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine for the AMA, outlining arguments against what he called "socialized medicine". This record would be played at the coffee meetings.

Seeing as how people in the Medicare are indicating that they like Medicare - that they have fewer problems obtaining medical care, less financial hardship due to medical bills, and higher overall satisfaction with their coverage than those with private insurance, you should be hanging your head in shame.

If you are not on our side - the side of patients - then just go away and sit in a corner and be quiet.

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