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June 11, 2009

AMA Denounces ObamaCare

The AMA has been playing nice with our Democrat rulers, in hopes of getting a raise in doctors' Medicare fees. But it's not going to take the impending catastrophe of nationalized healthcare lying down:

As the health care debate heats up, the American Medical Association is letting Congress know that it will oppose creation of a government-sponsored insurance plan, which President Obama and many other Democrats see as an essential element of legislation to remake the health care system. …
While committed to the goal of affordable health insurance for all, the association had said in a general statement of principles that health services should be "provided through private markets, as they are currently." …
[I]n comments submitted to the Senate Finance Committee, the American Medical Association said: "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. 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."
If private insurers are pushed out of the market, the group said, "the corresponding surge in public plan participation would likely lead to an explosion of costs that would need to be absorbed by taxpayers."

Having learned a lesson from the HillaryCare debacle, Dems are trying to push through nationalization before resistance can be organized. The AMA is speaking up none too soon.


On tips from Isabella and Gregory of Yardale.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 11, 2009 10:04 AM


"...the corresponding surge in public plan participation would likely lead to an explosion of costs that would need to be absorbed by taxpayers."

But the Obama administration doesn't see that as a bug, to them it is a feature.

Posted by: Kevin R at June 11, 2009 10:16 AM

Of course, Kevin. Remember the Illinois congresswoman who said the goal was to drive private insurers out of business... to the applause of her audience?

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at June 11, 2009 10:19 AM

The very phrase "Illinois Congresswoman" sends chills up my spine on all levels.

I wish the AARP would get its head out of its ass on this issue. They're just being willfully blind Obamabots. "Everything will be fine! Sweetness and Light!" In heaven maybe. They're going to have a lot of dead old people on their bloodied hands.

Posted by: Karin at June 11, 2009 10:26 AM

People really don't see what kind of a mess Obama care will be. More so than the taxes, I'm worried by the kind of nanny state necessary to maintain costs in a public health care plan.

Healthcare, like industry, credit, and housing, has seen itself at the mercy of the state through the following process:

1. Government intervention creates crisis of access and costs
2. These problems are blamed on the private sector and used as the excuse for more government intervention
3. Repeat

Posted by: Matt at June 11, 2009 10:39 AM

Obama is like AIDS. People thought they were having fun when they got him. Now, they're stuck with him, and he's probably going to kill them.

Posted by: V the K at June 11, 2009 10:43 AM

The AMA also agrees with Obambi that those who are able to afford healthcare should be forced to pay for it, whether they want to or not.

Posted by: Seamus at June 11, 2009 10:55 AM

Obamacare, the ail for what cures us.

This whole socialist medicine scheme has been brewing up since the 60's. Ted (the submariner) Kennedy was at the center of trying to run socialist medicine through wholesale back then. They realized it wasn't going to happen. Ever since, they've been enacting regulation after regulation, each of which seems to be for the good of something-or-other, but all calculated to push the healthcare system off-balance, a little at a time, until it was broken enough that a single-payer system could be sold as the only thing that could save us. It wasn't broken enough in 1993, but now they think they're powerful enough that it doesn't matter. In reality it's still not broken enough.

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at June 11, 2009 10:55 AM

Thank God! I was wondering why the AMA hadn't weighed in on this issue previously. I was afraid they might have been okay with what Obama was doing...(shudder).

Posted by: Judith M. at June 11, 2009 11:05 AM

As a young physician just embarking on a career in medicine, this is incredibly disheartening.
The incredible sacrifice it takes to become a doctor is not fully appreciated by the general public. This includes time, money, and mental effort of the highest degree. The "best years" of my life were spent over books, instead of with my wife and young children. If people think that the cream of America's college grads will follow in my footsteps to become physicians when society's reward is to become a civil servant, they are mistaken.
There is a severe shortage of general practitioners precisely because of the factors that Obama is injecting into healthcare: more bureaucracy, less income. The result will be less intelligent physicians, or physicians who will be taking ESL (English as a Second Language) courses during residency!

Posted by: Isaac at June 11, 2009 11:50 AM

Want to see the future of healthcare in America? Cuba is the real trailblazer in socialized medicine.

Posted by: Kooba Sux at June 11, 2009 11:58 AM

This is incredible: the AMA actually standing up to the government.
The next thing you know the pharmaceutical companies will stand up against government pilfering.

Posted by: Fiberal at June 11, 2009 12:35 PM

"Obama is like AIDS. People thought they were having fun when they got him. Now, they're stuck with him, and he's probably going to kill them."

Lol, well done.

Posted by: Matt at June 11, 2009 12:37 PM

Someone posted on another thread, a link to TheHillblog, where some goofball congressman (D) wants to include meditation in any healthcare bill. Quote from the article:

"Sebelius agreed that the technique was useful as a form of preventive medicine that could reduce the need for more costly treatments.

"I think it's a prevention strategy that I know has the potential of paying huge dividends," Sebelius said."

My comment to the article was: "Oh I see. If you have chronic pain it will be "Go home and say oommmmmm to yourself for a half an hour. That's the best I can do. Next."

Posted by: Karin at June 11, 2009 1:30 PM

I posted that, Karin. I think it's frightening because if our Health Care is in the hands of government then what our treatment will be is going to be determined by whoever can bend the ear of government officials. It isn't just the one specific incidence of this piece:

it is the whole idea that government health care will circumvent your good judgement, your doctor's good judgement and the marketplace's good judgement and replace that judgement with politics. When that happens we are screwed.

Posted by: Kevin R at June 11, 2009 2:29 PM

Liberals all think Obama can eat flour, sugar, and butter and crap a cake. Hence, they consume what he's putting out so vigorously and encourage others to partake. But we TRUE Consevative Americans know SHIT when we smell it!

Posted by: TED at June 11, 2009 2:32 PM

The Liberals have been screaming for "universal health care" for years and think that it's the answer to everything. They fail to see the man on the wagon holding a bottle of snake-oil aloft, anouncing: "Guaranteed to kill or cure!"

Posted by: KHarn at June 11, 2009 4:39 PM

The MAD DR OBAMA is as wicked as they come even DR FRANKENSTIEN couldnt hold a candle to him

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at June 11, 2009 9:28 PM

Posted by: V the K at June 12, 2009 4:49 AM

Thanks, Kevin, and well put.

"Liberals all think Obama can eat flour, sugar, and butter and crap a cake." H5 to TED! I am so stealing that....

Posted by: Karin at June 12, 2009 5:48 AM

Posted by: V the K at June 12, 2009 6:16 AM

I feel for you Isaac.

I wonder if generations from now the people will be saying, 'I should have listened to my mother, I could have been a community organizer'.

Posted by: Eric at June 12, 2009 7:45 AM


Posted by: Flu-Bird at June 12, 2009 9:41 PM