Jim Kouri
Physicians form society to challenge AMA and ObamaCare
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By Jim Kouri
October 28, 2010

During the heated debates regarding passage of the ObamaCare legislation, President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party leadership attempted to convince Americans that this medical power-grab was endorsed by the nation's physicians who were members of the AMA.

What Obama's transparent White House failed to mention is that most of this nation's practicing medical doctors are NOT members of the AMA.

"Even as the American Medical Association wanes in membership to numbers some say are below 10% of the nation's practicing doctors, the AMA's dark legacy is starting to take shape," says Adam F. Dorin, M.D., MBA, founder of Physicians Against ObamaCare and co-founder of the National Doctors Tea Party.

"Most doctors are finding themselves peering through a cloudy window trying to understand the backroom deals struck by the AMA," says Doctor Dorin.

The AMA, flush with a government-sanctioned monopoly on medical coding copyrights that yield well over $70,000,000 to its coffers each year, is not budging. Their position of support for the new legislation runs against the sentiments of most practicing doctors. "This is why so many docs have been 'fighting mad,'" adds Doctor Dorin.

According to Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute, experts estimate that "abuses of Medicaid (alone) eat up at least 10 percent of the program's total cost nationwide — a waste of $30 billion a year. Unscrupulous doctors billing for over 24 hours per day of procedures, phony companies invoicing for phantom services, pharmacists filling prescriptions for dead patients, home health-care companies demanding payment for treating clients actually in the hospital — on and on the rip-offs go."

As the majority of America's doctors and patients strain to glimpse the future of medical care that is emerging through the shadows, it is apparent that the picture will not be pretty. Non-physicians will be assuming a greater, independent role in providing health care services — charting new ground in this country's history.

This past weekend, a conservative band of doctors at the California Medical Association's meeting in Sacramento were beaten down in their attempt to pass a resolution denouncing the new Obamacare health care reform law. In Florida this past summer, the state medical association was able to get behind a substantive, if not watered-down, resolution in opposition to the Obamacare law.

The mood amongst most practicing doctors in America is despondent. "Even if Obamacare is eventually de-funded, repealed and replaced — if not eliminated by way of court challenges and/or state nullification efforts — there may well be a profoundly negative, lasting effect on the practice of medicine in the United States from elements of the law that are already taking shape," warns Doctor Dorin.

Obamacare strips doctors of their once-elevated and cherished position at the top of the health care delivery system. And many fear the result for quality of care will not be good. As nurses with PhD degrees, nurse practitioners, and nurse anesthetists seek medical degrees through legislative fiat, the system of team-based medical care will be forever changed for the worse.

"The tree of medicine is being shaken so hard," says Dorin, "that not only are doctors falling, but the roots are being pulled out from the ground up ... the tree is dying a slow death."

Doctor Dorin recently formed America's Medical Society in an attempt to pull together disparate groups of individual physicians and disenfranchised medical groups under the symbolic umbrella of one medical society that can truly speak for the majority of American doctors.

http://americasmedicalsociety.com

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