Why the AMA Wants to Muzzle Your Doctor
It is always ethical to tell patients the truth, which is what doctors are doing by educating them about ObamaCare.
By Hal Scherz
The American Medical Association (AMA) is putting the doctors of America on notice. A major cheerleader for ObamaCare, the organization is now trying to silence doctors who oppose it. It is time the American people understood what the AMA is really all about.
[MedPage Today estimates that the AMA only represents 135,300 "real, practicing physicians" as of 2005 which is 15.0% of the United States practicing physicians. So 85% reject them despite their massive attempts at have MD members at all levels of training and in state societies join].
Many doctors interpreted [the AMA as opposing those physicians that reject them and their self serving agenda vigorously as agents of anti-physician politics]. This position is troubling on many levels [to some MDs].
The AMA was not only a major supporter of ObamaCare but also an accomplice in its passage. Without the support of the AMA it is quite possible that the health-care reform initiative would have failed? The AMA is ? worried about protecting itself.
In the weeks since passage of this 2,700 page bill?[We have seen] rising insurance premiums and admissions of inevitable rationing. [Many] physicians have expressed alarm over the impact that the legislation will have on their patients. This growing opposition makes the actions of the AMA...look very bad...
The organization wants to protect a monopoly that the federal government has created for it?a medical coding system administered by the AMA ? [which] generates income of $70 million to $100 million annually for the AMA. That makes the AMA less an association looking out for doctors and more a special-interest group beholden to Congress and the White House.
Yet doctors who oppose ObamaCare ? across the country are educating their patients about how ObamaCare will limit their freedom to make their own health-care decisions. There are 925,000 doctors in America ? with many ? asking our patients if we can take two minutes to discuss this bill with them. This terrifies Congress and the White House...
My own group, Docs4PatientCare, which to date represents more than 3,000 doctors, intends to continue providing materials and information to doctors who wish to educate and inform their patients about ObamaCare. We will also continue to challenge ObamaCare advocates whenever they show America the ugly face of intolerance and attempt to silence dissent...
Dr. Scherz, a pediatric urological surgeon at Georgia Urology and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, serves on the faculty of Emory University Medical School and is president and cofounder of Docs4PatientCare.
THIS HIGHLY REDACTED SELECTION OR A SMALL NUMBER OF QUOTES AND IS NEITHER SUPPORTED NOR OPPOSED BY DR. SCHALLER.
LIKE MOST PHYSICIANS AND LEADERS IN THE GOVERNEMENT, HE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO SPEND WEEKS READING CAREFULLY, FULL TIME, THE 2,700 PAGE BILL.