American Medical Association Plays Dr. Tom on Healthcare Reform


People named Tom get a raw deal.  We’re Turkeys, or Uncles, or the point man for Dick and Harry.  Today, I’m playing the role of “name traitor” by coining the titular formulation.

The AMA, it seems, has decided to abridge the oft-quoted Hippocratic preamble to “First, do no…nothing”: (From HuffPo)

On Wednesday night, the New York Times reported that AMA was “letting Congress know” that it would resist a public plan for health insurance coverage.

…”The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health insurance option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand health insurance coverage and lower costs,” read an organizational statement to the Senate Finance Committee. “The introduction of a new public plan threatens to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provide coverage for nearly 70 percent of Americans.”

That’s right, the 46 million uninsured Americans will not be able to choose what doctor they won’t see.

The AMA’s decision flies in the face of huge majorities of doctors and patients who support a public option.  What’s at the heart of their opposition?  HuffPo details the AMA’s long tradition of attempting to preserve the status quo.

Whatever the reason, the AMA is not operating in the interests of its members, or their patients.



  1. Hyperbole alert: “Huge majorities?” 59% is NOT a huge majority by any stretch of the imagination. Thats not even 6 out of 10. Change 1 mind and its a dead heat.

    It makes no sense to me that when organizations or individuals with exponentially more expertise in an area stand up and say something on the subject we assume first that we know more than they do, and second, that they’re motives MUST be suspect, and toss out an expert opinion with a remarkable level of blase disregard.

    This is a debate worth having and in such a debate, I think it wise to listen to and ask questions of people who actually do this for a living.

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