This is more than a bit curious. Last month, the AMA issued a statement that at least one doctor, Hal Scherz, believes is intended to “suggest” to doctors that perhaps they either shouldn’t speak with their patients about Obamacare, or, shouldn’t tell them the truth. Here is what the AMA had to say,
[P]hysicians might reflect on how to properly balance their obligations as members of the medical profession with their rights as individual citizens who will be affected by reform. In particular, physicians may wonder whether it is appropriate to express political views to patients or their families.
Huh…is it appropriate to express political views? Since when is explaining what the newly passed health care bill will mean to a patient the expression of a “political view”? Is it a “political view” to say that Medicare will face cuts of $500 billion, or, to tell a patient that he or she will be required to have insurance approved by the government, or pay a tax? Is it a “political view” to explain that there will be a new tax on prescription drugs, insurance companies and medical device manufacturers?
Beyond that, even if a doctor desires to express a “political view” by what right does the AMA have to “advise”,
physicians should conduct political communications with sensitivity to patients’ vulnerability and desire for privacy.
Of course, the more doctors explain the bill, the more patients dislike it, causing patients to question why the AMA supported the bill in the first place. This is an easy question to answer.
The [AMA] wants to protect a monopoly that the federal government has created for it—a medical coding system administered by the AMA that every health-care professional and hospital must use if they wish to get paid for the services they provide. This monopoly generates income of $70 million to $100 million annually for the AMA.
Support the bill, you keep your monopoly. Don’t support the bill, well, who knows.
The more we learn about Obamacare, and the “incentives” needed to obtain support for it, the more the American public dislikes it. And, apparently, the pressure to continue to support Obamacare is still being exerted, at least by the AMA.