Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Some things change, and some things don'tJoe Conason gives us a brief history of the American Medical Association's (AMA) decades-long lobbying against comprehensive national health insurance in Time to Yank the A.M.A.'s License PolitickerNY.com 06/16/09:
In The Culture of the Cold War, Stephen J. Whitfield recalls how the A.M.A. vowed to “resist the enslavement of the medical profession,” warning that Truman was attempting to impose “a monstrosity of Bolshevik bureaucracy” on America. In pamphlets issued to fight the Truman plan, A.M.A. publicists included a phony quote from Lenin proclaiming “socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the Socialist State.” The same pamphlets smeared supporters of Truman’s “compulsory health insurance” plan by connecting them to the Communist Party.Blind dogma rather than narrow self-interest (and forget about "enlightened self-interest") often drives the AMA's political positions. Today in the United States, a majority of doctors are not members of the AMA. But their reactionary position on national health insurance will be one we'll hear a lot this year.
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