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When Donald Trump this week tapped a surgeon-turned-congressman to run the Department of Health and Human Services, the nation’s largest physicians group swiftly endorsed the choice.

The blowback started almost at once.

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  • I suppose prospective isn’t required. “Anger from over 500 doctors that have signed a petition. Wow! There are over 800000 doctors practicing medicine in this country.

  • Seriously? 500 doctors out of 855,000 signed a petition, and that’s newsworthy? For a site called STAT, they’re remarkably bad at interpreting the importance of statistics.

  • The article is not an even handed evaluation of the situation. Certainly, the AMA’s support of Price will anger physicians who are left leaning. What you do not report is that after the AMA signed on to Obamacare and mandated insurance, many physicians left the AMA in protest. The leadership at the time was perceived as being out of touch with the majority of the membership. And, as was blindingly obvious at the time, the ACA has indeed crashed, and needs to be replaced. Those of us in the trenches, who see the inner workings of the system daily, knew that the theoretical constructs of the architects of the ACA who never see what real life in a hospital is like, would fail.
    Price knows what is actually going on in Medicine, and I have hope that he can construct a system that will more effectively deal with the problems we face.

  • While endorsing the choice of someone who is so clearly against the views the organisation has espoused – and someone who propagates dangerous and damaging information – seems to be hypocritical and self-serving, there is an argument to be made that getting on good terms with an administration which wants to repeal Obamacare and who’s VP is strongly anti-abortion could yield dividends for patients down the line. It’s a new world now, a Trump world, and perhaps the AMA have just adjusted faster to the new reality

  • Perhaps it is time for physicians to look across the aisle with a discerning eye at the American Dental Association. Founded to promote dental amalgam over 155 years ago, the ADA has a long history of endorsing products and with affiliates holding patents on dental amalgam, and put a gag order of sorts in its Code of Ethics after 60 Minutes ran a special questioning the safety of dental amalgam in 1990. The evidence has further mounted with four studies published by James S. Woods et al 2011-2014 finding genetic susceptibility to mercury toxicity after reanalyzing the Children’s Amalgam Trial data by gender and gene type, and many others in PubMed. The AMA avoids endorsing products to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Mixing professional practice and commercial interests, along with regulatory capture of the FDA and deference by doctors, is a recipe for patient harm that has been perpetuated over decades.

    • Quit bloviating. There isn’t enough silver and mercury in a mouth full of fillings to poison a goldfish.

  • It seems as though the AMAZON is reverting to its decades old conservative stances, against most govt paid health care for the public…
    Eg, the AMA was against the original Medicare under the Social Security program for years after it was finally passed into effect in the 1960s!!

  • The AMA has not been an advocate for patient care for decades. Had they been we would not be in the mess we are in now. I appreciated that as a medical student and am proud to say that I have never been a member.

    • Agreed. I would stay away from a doctor who belonged to AMSA. As you know the saying is “eat when you can, s**t when you can and sleep when you can”. There is no time for anything else, really.

  • Not really interested in one percenters arguing. Not much difference between a liberal or conservative one percenter except the conservative is probably less of a hypocrite

  • Of course the AMA is for Price, they care most about the bottom line, their pocketbooks. Price could care less about universal access but does want increased reimbursement and limiting amounts in law suits to under 100,000 $. The poorest among us are going to lose the most when the ACA is dismantled and Medicaid is block granted. Studies in Kentucky showed increases in overall health and longevity with the ACA, I guess Price has forgotten about the Hippocratic Oath

    • Could you give a reference for these studies? I would like to see how the authors might extrapolate increased longevity from 6 years experience.

    • Phil Shaffer, we’d all like to see how anyone could extrapolate longevity from 6 years. By which I of course mean that whatever they used was obviously complete garbage, and thus any other conclusions they drew can also be discarded as complete garbage. But fools will still quote it.

    • Phil Shaffer, Bob Nix: I don’t know anything about the study referenced, but 6 years of data is more than sufficient to show a trend in longevity at the population level for many, though not all, medical covariates to longevity. Here’s a thought exercise for you: imagine you had a population in a civil war. People of all age groups are being killed randomly in the fighting. You end the civil war. The age adjusted life expectency, and the overall population longevity, for every age group would go up immediately, and this would apparent in even short term surveys.

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