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  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • American Medical Association Says Gender is Imaginary

    06/18/2014 8:53:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Medical science is making bold new leaps every day. Not only is there a new medication out that is just like the old medication, except it costs 10 times as much, but the American Medical Association has decided that gender is purely imaginary.For thousands of years, human ignorance convinced us that there were two genders. Now the AMA says that gender is imaginary. You can be any gender you want. Change gender every week. Or every day. We’re in Hopechangeistan now. Biology, like economics and military science, are purely imaginary fields. “Science” says so. In other action Monday, the AMA...
  • Data trove shows U.S. doctors reap millions from Medicare

    04/08/2014 10:20:05 PM PDT · by blueplum · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 9, 2014 12:24am EDT | SHARON BEGLEY AND M.B. PELL
    (Reuters) :snip: After decades of litigation and over the strenuous objections of the American Medical Association, the leading U.S. doctors group, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday made public for the first time how much Medicare pays individual doctors. The massive data release, totaling nearly 10 million lines, also includes which medical services each of more than 880,000 physicians and other healthcare providers nationwide billed Medicare for in 2012. :snip: Last December, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS's parent agency, found that 303 clinicians each collected more than $3...
  • One Doctor’s Viral Letter Exposes the Harrowing Reality of Obamacare’s ‘War Against Doctors’

    03/28/2014 5:34:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 3-28-14 | Emily Hulsey
    In an address to the House on Wednesday, Alabama Representative Mo Brooks read aloud a letter sent to him by Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur. The letter holds nothing back while detailing the excessive costs and regulations that Dr. Gill calls Obamacare’s “war against doctors.” Here is the full text of the letter, courtesy of Rep. Brooks’ office: Dear Congressman Brooks, As a practicing family physician, I plead for help against what I can best characterize as Washington’s war against doctors. The medical profession has never before remotely approached today’s stress, work hours, wasted costs, decreased efficiency, and declining ability...
  • Jerk of the Week - American Medical Association

    03/23/2014 3:17:53 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 13 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    That time of the week has come again where we sift through the debris of the preceding week and find out which person or group has been acting against the American people. Sometimes these entities are cloaked in the aura of righteousness, but they can mostly be described as hypocrites or opportunists. Our Jerk of the Week this time is a surprising choice is it is a group that represents an occupation that most Americans greatly respect and admire: doctors. Recently, the American Medical Association began to whine about an obscure rule in ObamaCare that could cost medical practitioners a...
  • American Medical Association: ObamaCare Poses "Risk" for Doctors

    03/21/2014 7:13:19 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 March 2014 | Raven Clabough
    American Medical Association: ObamaCare Poses "Risk" for Doctors 20 March 2014 The American Medical Association (AMA), a key supporter of ObamaCare, is now realizing that a rule found in the healthcare law could hurt doctors. The rule ultimately leaves doctors with the costs for services they administer to their patients if the patients do not pay their premiums. Fox News reports, “At issue is a 90-day ‘grace period’ which lets patients who are not paying their premiums keep coverage for 90 days before it can be canceled. Under the rule, insurers are responsible for paying any claims during the...
  • HipHop Artist Macklemore Uses AMA to Rant About Racial Profiling & Trayvon Martin

    11/25/2013 3:49:55 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    american thinker ^ | 11-25-13 | american thinker
    Rather than thanking a list of friends and colleagues, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their American Music Awards acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance on Sunday night. The white rapper accepted his award by satellite from Florida where he preached about racial profiling and Travon Martin. Of course, he forgot to mention the numerous knock-out attacks by black youths this year.
  • Doctors' Assessment of ObamaCare

    11/07/2013 12:21:25 PM PST · by Rockitz · 9 replies
    E-mail ^ | 7 November 2013 | Anonymous
    The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve. Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, but the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted and Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” All the while the Pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!” The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it....
  • ‘ABSOLUTE INSANITY’: Practicing physician slams Obamacare’s damaging effects on patient relationship

    11/03/2013 7:02:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/3/2013 | Ginni Thomas
    Practicing physicians like orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Nirschl, who have watched politicians and health policy for decades, are experiencing first-hand the effects of Obamacare — something Nirschl calls “absolutely insanity.”“It is in fact socialized medicine, and the other issue is, of course, this is a huge transference of productive wealth,” the Washington, D.C.-area doctor said.He opposes the law for two primary reasons: 1) Americans are losing the insurance they had before, and 2) doctors must comply with a morass of paperwork requirements that adds no value to the doctor-patient relationship.“The patient is stuck two ways,” Nirschl said. “Number one, the...
  • Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” Is

    09/30/2013 9:33:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/30/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The death panels aren’t going to come through the front door. They’re going to sneak up on you from behind with piano wire. On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would be called a different name such as “indolent lesions of epithelial origin” (IDLE).Their justification was that modern medical technology now allows doctors to detect small, slow-growing tumors that likely wouldn’t be...
  • Don’t Let This Happen To Your Profession: AMA Culpable In Our Government Healthcare Fiasco

    09/29/2013 6:42:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2013 | Austin Hill
    If you think Obamacare is bad for consumers and patients think about this: how would you like to spend between twelve and sixteen years of your life in grueling and expensive academic training, only to have politicians and bureaucrats dictating to you years later how you will practice your craft and how much money you’ll be allowed to earn? Let’s be clear about medical doctors. Any individual who can genuinely earn the title “M.D.” is worthy of significant respect, and one would hope that an entire association of M.D.’s would be equally as worthy. Unfortunately the American Medical Association –...
  • Special Deal - The shadowy cartel of Doctors that control Medicare

    07/10/2013 5:58:27 PM PDT · by SueRae · 5 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | July 2013 | Haley Sweetland Edwards
    Full Title: Special Deal: The shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare On the last week of April earlier this year, a small committee of doctors met quietly in a midsized ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago. There was an anesthesiologist, an ophthalmologist, a radiologist, and so on—thirty-one in all, each representing their own medical specialty society, each a heavy hitter in his or her own field. The meeting was convened, as always, by the American Medical Association. Since 1992, the AMA has summoned this same committee three times a year. It’s called the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale...
  • Salt - It's Good Fro You After It Was Bad For You After Your Mom Told You It Was Good For You

    07/12/2013 8:02:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 49 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-12-2013 | MOTUS
    In case you’re still shocked by the prosecutorial malfeasance in this country - most recently on display in Sanford, Florida – perhaps I can help. It is partially related to our dwindling interest in “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Today we’re focusing on the “truth” part; apparently we’re to take it with a grain of salt from now on. Our Morton Salt Girl In order to continue we must concede to this basic truth: your government lies to you. Shocking, I know, butt true. They don’t lie with maliciousness, or at least they never use to; they just...
  • It Might Be Harder To Fire People For Being Fat Now

    07/09/2013 2:53:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Business Insider Australia ^ | July 9, 2013 | Erin Fuchs
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently had gastric bypass surgery to help him lose weight.The American Medical Association’s decision to call obesity a “disease” instead of a medical condition could make it harder to discriminate against fat employees, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. Now that obesity is a disease, people with body mass indexes of more than 30 are almost certainly covered under The Americans with Disabilities Act, attorney Jon Hyman told the Law Blog. That 1990 law says employers have to provide disabled workers with “reasonable accommodations” to help them do their jobs. It also makes it...
  • Stupidity: America's greatest health hazard

    06/27/2013 10:03:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | June 26, 2013 | Ted Nugent
    Exclusive: Ted Nugent blasts 'Fedzilla' for enabling populace to remain 'lazy and dumb' Now that the American Medical Association (AMA) has wrongfully labeled obesity as a disease, the AMA may as well categorize as such our most troubling, chronic, widespread and debilitating self-inflicted ailment of choice: stupidity. What once was one of America’s most respected medical institutions, the AMA has been afflicted with the stupid disease and has torpedoed its reputation with a single decision. Don’t be surprised if next week the AMA recommends we drink eight ounces of warm hotdog water each day to improve our health. Smart Americans...
  • Obesity now declared “disease,” but risk for chronic illnesses was no secret

    06/19/2013 1:56:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 19, 2013, 12:38 PM | Ryan Jaslow
    More than 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and teens now have a disease, after the American Medical Association formally voted Tuesday to classify “obesity as a disease requiring a range of medical interventions.” The shift is aimed in part to get doctors to tackle obesity as if they were treating a disease instead of a lifestyle condition in need of modification. “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” Dr. Patrice Harris of the AMA said in a statement....
  • Modern Science Writers Leave Science Behind

    12/29/2012 2:12:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | December 28, 2012 | Alex B. Berezow
    The co-author of a book on partisan science recently examined by Pacific Standard argues that our reviewer was a little too partisan himself. Any book that touches upon politics almost automatically angers half of the American public, regardless of what is written inside of it. It takes a special person—an objective, open-minded and self-critical one—to read and learn from a science book that criticizes people with whom the reader likes and agrees with politically.Recently, Pacific Standard published a review (“Red Science, Blue Science,” January/February 2013) by Wray Herbert, a pop psychology writer,of political writer Chris Mooney’s book The Republican Brain...
  • Doctor refutes research about gun laws, deaths

    03/13/2013 6:32:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 March, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The head of a pro-gun-rights physicians’ organization today blasted the findings of a research project published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that intimated states with more gun laws have a lower rate of firearm fatalities. The JAMA report was first publicized by NBC News, which also has been blistered by a National Rifle Association official for an unrelated story yesterday that suggested the NRA was ready to make a behind-the-scenes deal on a national universal background check bill. BULLETIN: Breitbart is reporting that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants the state attorney general to appeal a ruling...
  • Debate simmers over doctors asking about guns

    02/09/2013 7:12:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Amy Jeter
    Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that's a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy. State and federal lawmakers are weighing in. President Barack Obama's...
  • American Majority Action: We can get the votes to #FireBoehner

    12/13/2012 5:37:06 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10:23 pm on 12/10/2012 | Martin Bashir/John Flowers
    <p>The spokesman of one of the organizations leading this fight told MSNBC’s Martin Bashir today that they’re feeling confident of a House Speaker TBD come 2013. When asked if they can get the 16 votes they say are needed to depose John Boehner as Speaker, American Majority Action’s Ron Meyer, Jr, said, “Yes, we can get that number.”</p>
  • American Majority Action (AMA) Launches Campaign to 'depose' John Boehner From Speakership

    12/05/2012 5:31:35 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05 December 2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Conservative group launches campaign to ‘depose’ Boehner from speakership The Daily Caller 05 December 2012 The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership. American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership. “Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge...
  • U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Springs into Action

    11/21/2012 5:24:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 20, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its non-Muslim allies have sprung into action. They are demanding that President Obama make Israel end its offensive against Hamas which, in characteristic Islamist fashion, they are falsely depicting as a genocidal crusade. Obama blames Hamas, but the pressure from Islamists, the anti-Israel left and other countries like Britain and France, may be taking a toll. He signaled possible opposition to an Israeli ground operation, saying it’d be “preferable” to end the Hamas rocket threat without sending in troops. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood entity whose executive director was fundraising for...
  • AMA committee endorses Ryan-esque Medicare reform

    10/16/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT · by Snuph · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | ED MORRISSEY | OCTOBER 16, 2012
    Video at link,--The exchange on Medicare may have been the most substantive and interesting part of the Vice President debate last Thursday night. Paul Ryan explained that the Obama administration’s robbing of Medicare Advantage to pay for Medicaid expansion would accelerate the bankruptcy of Medicare, while Joe Biden in one of his calmer moments attacked Ryan for proposing a “voucher” program. Biden claimed to have the support of the AMA in opposing free-market-based reforms such as Ryan’s proposal uses, and dramatically asked, “Who [will] you believe, the AMA, me?” Like so much of what Biden had to say — when...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Obamacare rationing panels an ‘immediate danger to seniors’: former AMA president

    03/22/2012 2:41:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 22, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    March 21, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Concerns over the new health care law’s system for rationing health care - famously dubbed the “death panels” by Sarah Palin - have been reinforced by a former head of the American Medical Association, who said the advisory panels “will essentially mean rationed care” for the elderly. Former AMA President Donald Palmisano wrote in a Daily Caller column Monday that the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from seniors with greater medical needs. “The 15 officials who...
  • Doctor And AMA Split Over Contentious Issue Of ObamaCare

    09/27/2011 6:56:10 AM PDT · by Clairity · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Sally Pipies
    In fact, the AMA now only counts about 17% of doctors as members. According to a new survey, the majority of doctors do not believe that the AMA represents their views and interests. Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organization's support for President Obama’s contentious health care reform package. That shouldn't be surprising. The AMA declares that its core mission is to "help doctors help patients." But ObamaCare undermines that pursuit by making life harder for physicians and driving down the quality of care available to patients. The survey - conducted by physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker -...
  • Diet May Be Enough For Cholesterol Problems; Avoid Statin Side Effects

    08/24/2011 1:47:24 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 53 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 08/24/11 | Sy Kraft
    New research demonstrates that a diet based around plants, nuts and high-fiber grains lowered "bad" cholesterol more than a low-saturated-fat diet that was also vegetarian, meaning that one's dietary changes could be an alternative to statin medications for many people saving persons from some devastating side effects of the medications. After six months, people on the low-saturated-fat diet saw a drop in LDL cholesterol of 8 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), on average, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (excerpted)
  • Japan's 'James Bond' volcano erupts again

    02/02/2011 8:17:24 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 2, 2011 | Kyung Lah,
    Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan's Mount Shinmoe erupted again on Wednesday, spewing more lava, smoke and ash through the area, the country's meteorological agency said. The volcano erupted twice on Wednesday, at 5:25 a.m. and 10:47 a.m., Japan's Meteorological Agency said. Since January 26 when it broke its decades-long slumber, the volcano has erupted seven times, the agency said. For many outside Japan, Mount Shinmoe is known for its role in the 1967 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice," where it served as the lair for the villain, Ernst Blofeld. In the nearby town of Takaharu, ash blanketed cars, houses...
  • Pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim

    12/13/2010 7:51:30 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    DAILEY HERALD ^ | 12/12/2010
    Pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim Article updated: 12/12/2010 07:08 PM AP EXCLUSIVE: MILWAUKEE (AP) — He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing. He shared millions in grants, had university and hospital posts, and bragged of work for prestigious medical groups. An Associated Press story featured him leading a teamwork training session at an American College of Cardiology convention last spring. But it turns out Hamman isn't...
  • Why docs are running from Medicare

    11/24/2010 1:52:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2010 | MARC K. SIEGEL
    My Medicare patients -- and those who'll soon qualify -- are worried. Will the doctors they're used to seeing still be able to take care of them when big cuts in Medicare payments are constantly hanging overhead? Even if I keep seeing a particular patient, I don't know that I'll still be able to find specialists to examine his skin, perform his stress test, operate on his hip or remove his cataract. Medicare reimbursement to me for an average primary-care visit has remained around $50 for the past decade, even as my office expenses have skyrocketed. Cataract and hip-replacement operations...
  • Docs 4 Patient Care: Group Says Doctors & Patients Best Qualified to Make Health Care Decisions

    11/06/2010 2:30:40 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 11/4/2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Docs 4 Patient Care: National Organization Believes Doctors & Patients Best Qualified To Make Health Care Decisions, Not Government Bureaucrats: Repeal ObamaCare Quickly growing association of highly respected physicians believe Health Care Reform Bill was intentionally designed to fail: The purpose of the legislation (Health Care Reform Law) will eventually be used to promote a one-size fits all single-payer system which will drastically decrease the efficiency of the greatest health care system in the world. Although most Americans opposed the passage of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the bill was rammed down the throats of the public--with the...
  • EDITORIAL: AMA vs. greedy lawyer--Doctors battle tax subsidy for jackpot justice

    09/07/2010 5:38:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 7, 2010 | Editorial
    A proposed special-interest tax break for plaintiffs' lawyers would add billions of dollars in federal spending and jack up costs to consumers. It's nothing more than a direct subsidy from taxpayers to ambulance chasers. That was the message of a strongly worded letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner from the American Medical Association, 42 national medical groups representing specialties such as radiology, cardiology and gastroenterology, and the medical associations of 47 states and the District of Columbia. The Treasury is considering an administrative ruling - as an end run around Congress - that would allow trial lawyers to take...
  • Doctors' lobby losing clout on Hill

    07/12/2010 10:21:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | July 12, 2010 | Jennifer Haberkorn & Sarah Kliff
    Months after delivering its crucial endorsement of the health care overhaul, the American Medical Association has found itself with fewer friends on Capitol Hill and more critics questioning its lobbying savvy. Its troubles couldn’t come at a worse time: It is more dependent than ever on having allies in Congress, thanks to the growing number of Medicare patients. The AMA’s most prominent lobbying failure has been its inability to repeal the obsolete formula governing payments for Medicare patients — a method that has for years required regular temporary “fixes” to avoid big pay cuts for doctors. Determined to win repeal,...
  • Docs4PatientCare Makes First Ever Endorsement Benishek

    06/29/2010 8:00:51 AM PDT · by jenk · 4 replies
    jennerationx.com ^ | 06/29/10 | Jen Kuznicki
    Docs4PatientCare began as a grassroots movement led by a prominent physician in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Hal Scherz,who felt he must act in response to the AMA's support of Obamacare. Attempting to enact his big-government health care scheme, President Obama and his supporters frequently claimed that a “majority” of doctors supported his health-care plans. When the American Medical Association – which had opposed HillaryCare – signed onto Obama’s plan last year, the organization seemed to make the President’s case. Most people assumed that the AMA represented most of the doctors in the country. But in fact, the AMA represents less than...
  • AMA AND CONGRESS: PLAYING "CHICKEN" AGAIN

    06/21/2010 9:51:07 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/21/2010 | Jane M. Orient, MD
    Nine times in the past eight years, Congress has, at the last second, delayed the automatic cuts in doctors’ Medicare fees that it decreed some 13 years ago to prevent Medicare spending from outpacing other consumer expenditures. The AMA threatens that doctors, especially primary care doctors, will stop accepting Medicare patients if the cuts go through. Congress hurtles toward the head-on collision, citing runaway budget problems. Doctors are kept in suspense, their claims held in abeyance while carriers wait for Congress to fix the problem retroactively if it has missed its deadline. The AMA claims credit when the wreck is...
  • Senate passes 'doc fix'

    06/18/2010 2:00:09 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/18/2010 | David Rogers
    A six-month stay on Medicare cuts cleared the Senate Friday but too late to avert what will be still a claims processing nightmare for physicians faced with a 21 percent reduction in their reimbursements. With the House gone for the weekend, no final resolution is possible before next week, and the Senate itself only acted hours after the deadline set by Medicare administrators. The payment cut will be eliminated and a 2.2 percent raise will be applied to Medicare reimbursements through Nov. 30. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and ranking Republican Charles E. Grassley came up with the deal...
  • Why the AMA Wants to Muzzle Your Doctor

    05/07/2010 8:14:14 AM PDT · by TheNewPundit · 9 replies · 444+ views
    I'm A Pundit Too ^ | 5/7/2010 | Hal Scherz
    The American Medical Association (AMA) is putting the doctors of America on notice. A major cheerleader for ObamaCare, the organization is now trying to silence doctors who oppose it. It is time the American people understood what the AMA is really all about.
  • Issa aims to unmask health care deals

    04/05/2010 3:21:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 535+ views
    Politico ^ | April 5, 2010 | Chris Frates
    A top House Republican is investigating the legislative deals the White House and Democratic leadership cut with special interest groups while crafting the new health care reform law. And California Rep. Darrell Issa is not happy with the American Medical Association’s terse response to his questions. Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to five special interest groups, most of which supported reform and cut deals with the Democrats. “Contrary to the president’s oft-stated goal of transparency, the rank-and-file members of the Democratic Caucus and the entire Republican Conference have not had the opportunity to participate...
  • The Enemy Within

    12/27/2009 5:37:14 AM PST · by Ghblog · 15 replies · 802+ views
    Framing The Dialogue ^ | 12/27/2009 | ghblog
    ...As I watched the recent presidential campaign many things struck me as odd, but one in particular. Barack Obama enjoyed the support of the United Mine Workers Union. That in itself is not a big surprise as he had the support of every union as Democrat politicians usually have. The interesting part was when you factored in Obama’s comments regarding the future of coal:
  • AMA Sells Out

    12/23/2009 11:22:37 PM PST · by eartotheground · 13 replies · 630+ views
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2009 | Jason Fodeman
    Earlier in the week, the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, declared its backing for the most recent version of Obamacare. Doctors are notoriously bad businessman and, judging from the AMA’s haste to support pretty much any bill Congress proposes, it seems that negotiating is not the strong suit of physicians, either. During the prolonged health-care debate, the AMA sought two sensible reforms: an abolishment of the SGR and tort reform. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a formula utilized by Medicare to determine Medicare physician reimbursement rates for the following year. Every year since 2002, the...
  • Only 15-20% of doctors belong to the AMA

    12/23/2009 6:01:07 AM PST · by aquapub · 22 replies · 847+ views
    Democrats have been wildly misleading people about where doctors stand on ObamaCare. After bribing his way into AARP and AMA endorsements, Obama has been treating them as the final word on the matter and ramping up the partisan smears against his opponents. But what he is characteristically leaving out is that only about 15-20% of doctors actually belong to the AMA and the vast majority of doctors actually reject ObamaCare. From National Review: "...92 percent of doctors don’t think the Democratic bills address the “real sources of cost increases,” and 94 percent don’t think there can be “effective” health reform...
  • Weighing Medical Costs of End-of-Life Care (Money, Death Panels and The Duty to Die)

    12/23/2009 1:44:01 AM PST · by abb · 22 replies · 1,090+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | Reed Abelson
    The Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Center, one of the nation’s most highly regarded academic hospitals, has earned a reputation as a place where doctors will go to virtually any length and expense to try to save a patient’s life. “If you come into this hospital, we’re not going to let you die,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, the hospital system’s chief executive. Yet that ethos has made the medical center a prime target for critics in the Obama administration and elsewhere who talk about how much money the nation wastes on needless tests and futile procedures. They like to note...
  • The AMA on FOX News praising ObamaCare for making healthcare affordable for people without insurance

    12/21/2009 10:43:04 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 140 replies · 2,791+ views
    12/21/2009 | Jim Robinson
    My question is if the medical profession is so concerned about people who can't afford health insurance, why don't they simply reduce their prices to the uninsured and or provide charity clinics for poor people. Why should we have to submit to socialism and outright force to please the AMA and guarantee income for their professional scalpers? Are they afraid they will lose some of their precious profits? Why do they feel it's their privilege to rob the taxpayers? Doctors and politicians must be cut from the same cloth.
  • ‘Idol’ Runner-Up (Adam Lakmbert) Sexes Up American Music Awards

    11/23/2009 12:37:20 PM PST · by Justaham · 70 replies · 3,137+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 11-23-09 | Colleen Raezler
    "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert's vocals weren't top-notch at last night's American Music Awards, but nobody really noticed. How could they, given his over-the-top and in-your-face sexual choreography. Lambert's act during the show, aired on ABC, featured male dancers on leashes, an open-mouth kiss between Lambert and his male keyboardist, and simulated oral sex, both male-on-male and female-on-male. Naturally, boundary-pushing Hollywood hailed Lambert's performance. "As a TV viewer, I thought Lambert's performance was a gas, a delight, a blast of brash vulgarity in the midst of ordinary vulgarity," wrote Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker.
  • American Music Awards: Adam Lambert outrages viewers with X-rated AMA performance

    11/23/2009 5:44:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies · 4,540+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/22/2009 | Anita Singh
    Adam Lambert, the American Idol star, outraged viewers of the American Music Awards with an X-rated performance in which he simulated oral sex with a male dancer. Lambert set out to shock with a risque routine which also saw him kissing a male band mate and walking two men in bondage gear across the stage on dog leads. He was singing his new release, For Your Entertainment. After the performance, his first since American Idol, Lambert said: "I'm hoping people were entertained. For those who weren't, maybe I'm not your cup of tea." If the show was to be censored...
  • The AMA still does not get it

    11/16/2009 11:57:47 AM PST · by paltz · 10 replies · 550+ views
    The Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/16/09 | Kerry Picket
    Not surprisingly, the American Medical Association took umbrage to our recent editorial titled "A proud legacy trashed." The response from AMA president Dr. J James Rohack barely addresses the issues our editorial put forth. For one thing, Dr. Rohack tries to explain away the declining membership of the organization, when addressing the issue of the low representation of practicing doctors who are currently members.
  • EDITORIAL: A proud legacy trashed--Ronald Reagan wouldn't back the American Medical Association..

    11/12/2009 9:33:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 479+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2009 | Editorial
    Supporters of the House health care bill who tout the American Medical Association's endorsement fail to mention that the AMA no longer represents the majority of American doctors or that it frequently backs left-wing policy proposals. There was a brief flash of the old AMA earlier this week when the organization's House of Delegates reconsidered the resolution endorsing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's monstrosity, H.R. 3962. Unfortunately, the resolution was voted down by a wide margin. As a result, the AMA continues to back the health care legislation passed in the House last weekend. Best known for advocating against health care...
  • AMA Joins Efforts to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and Voices Concerns Over Same-Sex Marriage Bans

    11/11/2009 10:56:14 AM PST · by redreno · 41 replies · 1,088+ views
    HRC Human Rights Campaign ^ | 11/10/2009 | HRC
    WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, issued the following statement today on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) announcements regarding LGBT rights. AMA members voted to join the effort to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and declared that bans on same-sex marriage result in health disparities for LGBT couples and families.
  • ObamaCare Endorsements: What the Bribe Was

    11/08/2009 7:56:12 AM PST · by GVnana · 33 replies · 2,743+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/6/2009 | Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    As the suicidal Democratic congressmen proceed to rubber-stamp the Obama healthcare reform despite the drubbing their party took in the ’09 elections, the president trotted out the endorsements of the AMA and the AARP to stimulate support. But these — and the other endorsements — his package has received are all bought and paid for. Here are the deals: · The American Medical Association (AMA) was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians’ reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill. The cuts are the fruit of a law requiring annual 5-6...
  • Revolt at the American Medical Association over health care bill endorsement

    11/07/2009 11:17:27 AM PST · by paltz · 12 replies · 1,333+ views
    The Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/7/09 | Kerry Picket
    The American Medical Association House of Delegates drew up a resolution last night which would withdraw their support of the House health care bill. Members are likely to vote on whether or not to withdraw their support of the bill earlier in the week. This action is a result of members within the organization who revolted, when the AMA initially gave the the healthcare legislation its endorsement. President Obama touted the endorsement of the AMA and AARP on Thursday at the White House.