Common Dreams - June 7, 2019
"America's doctors see the harm that our profit-oriented, fragmented healthcare system imposes on patients—and how it impedes our work as physicians."
—Adam Gaffney, Physicians for a National Health Program
Accusing the American Medical Association of putting "profits ahead of patient care" by joining the corporate fight against Medicare for All, a coalition of physicians, nurses, and allies plans to march on the organization's annual meeting on Saturday to demand an end to its longstanding opposition to single-payer.
The AMA is America's largest association of physicians, one of the largest lobbying organizations in the U.S., and a founding member of the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, a coalition formed by insurance and pharmaceutical interests to combat Medicare for All.
On Saturday, medical professionals dressed in their scrubs and white coats intend to rally at the AMA's gathering at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago to make clear that the organization's anti-Medicare for All stance does not represent the view of all—or even most—physicians and nurses.
"America's doctors see the harm that our profit-oriented, fragmented healthcare system imposes on patients—and how it impedes our work as physicians," tweeted Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), which helped organize Saturday's march alongside National Nurses United (NNU), Students for a National Health Program, and other groups.
"So tomorrow," Gaffney said, "we're calling on the AMA to join us in the fight for a better, more just healthcare system for everyone." ...
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