Georgia’s many doctors, through their professional organization, the Medical Association of Georgia, have gone on record opposing the horrendous health care “reform” legislation now before the House of Representatives, which is being pushed heavily by President Obama. The MAG is opposing this legislation because it would, if implemented, destroy medicine as we know it in America. Georgia’s doctors understand that, with all its flaws, our health care is of the highest quality and is the most technologically advanced of any country in the world; which is why far more people come to the United States for medical care than leave America to seek such help in other countries.
Unfortunately, MAG’s national counterpart, the American Medical Association, doesn’t understand this. The AMA has actually endorsed what has become known as “Obamacare.” Sixteen years ago, the AMA lobbied against the earlier version of government-dictated health care; known then as “Hillarycare.” What accounts for the difference? Clearly not the substance of the two versions of federally-run health care; in fact, the newer version is in many respects even more unfriendly to doctors than was the version authored by former First Lady Hillary Clinton back in 1993.
The AMA’s endorsement seems to have been purchased not with principle, but with money — a promise by Democrat supporters of HR 3200 (”America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009″) to make the formula according to which doctors are reimbursed for performing procedures for Medicare patients, more favorable to the doctors. Rather than fight on the merits to improve the Medicare reimbursement system, even as they should be opposing the many other provisions of this legislation that injects massive doses of government control into the practice of medicine in the U.S., AMA’s leaders decided to sell out their members, and take the promise of a little money and run.
Doctors across America ought to repay the AMA leaders who have sold them out, by removing those same people from their elected positions; especially its president, Dr. James Rohack.