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General News    H3'ed 6/30/09

Doctors Boo Obama in Chicago

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You would have thought it was Wrigley Field not the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

When President Obama told gathered physicians at the American Medical Association's annual meeting in his home town this month, "I'm not advocating caps on malpractice awards which I believe can be unfair to people who've been wrongfully harmed," he was booed like Chicago Cub Milton Bradey. "Yank him," was probably next.

Who remembered that in 1993 a similar message by his Secretary of State--also a homey--received a standing ovation? (Though the long knives did come out later.)

Of course the 236,000 member AMA which represents a fourth of the nation's practicing physicians, has always been obstructionist--fighting managed care, cost controls, posted fees, politicians, insurance companies, nurses and even a physician "glut" in the past.

But its view of the nation's health problems is just as limited critics say.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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