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AMA , NEA, AARP .... I see a trend. I know several teachers that refused to join the NEA because of advocacy issues... my parents are refusing to renew with the AARP because of advocacy issues, now I see doctors are leaving the AMA because of advocacy issues. It looks like people are finally beginning to vote with their feet (money).
Will it change the leadership behavior? I doubt it. Only a competing organization could do that.
There is no competition, as you say. But what does an organization have without people to lead? The NEA is going to see a huge drop in membership, and AARP is already feeling like the cliff where the lemmings drop off. No doubt the AMA will watch their numbers dwindle in no time.
Obama is nuts to think this is not going to backfire. Joining these organizations is voluntary. What do those who join get? Not much, I can tell you, so giving it up will be no loss. The leaders are deluded if they think people will suffer without them. They won't - and they'll get to keep their dues.
Why would the leaders need to consult the led? The model of the future state is the UN/EU: self-appointing bureaucrats. The leaders have the education, the vision, the dedication, and the expertise, none of which are available to the led.
The one thing that national health care systems do is reduce the incomes of doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies and health insurance companies. Often, they eliminate the latter.
So, the whole medical establishment right down to the ordilies is about to see a big reduction in income.
The AMA doesn't need membership. It is entirely a monopoly business run to enrich it's officers, a Mafia-like deal if there every was one. It OWNS the CPT-diagnosis codes you see on your bills, used in every single medical care transaction in the country, and gets paid for the use of those CPT codes. It is a license to print money.
Obama either has threatened or promised or both, to insure that the AMA will continue to get the CPT code revenue. They just have to support the tyrannical and unconstitutional and horrific health care bills!
17% of the nation's doctors belong to the AMA and that number is dwindling, but they don't give a damn. The big money is in the CPT monopoly.
I had to quit the ABA a while back for the same reason. They had someone call me the other day trying to get me to join back up and pay dues again. I explained that I objected to the ABA's political positions. She was shocked: "But we see ourselves as non-partisan!" I said the important thing was whether I saw them as non-partisan, and they were a long way from convincing me.