We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Only 17% of American physicians are members. I quit them long ago, over their politics. Like so many foundations and non-profits in America, they were hijacked by Lefties years ago.
The antipathy of physicians for the AMA is not just about money, turf, and guild. It goes way beyond that. However, apparently the AMA's strenuous support of Obamacare (seemingly without understanding any of its implications) has been the final straw.
There is a new breed of young physicians, especially women, who don't mind being employees, having bosses, or working as an agent of the government, but most docs over 40 are not interested in that. In general, docs like autonomy, flexibility, self-direction. Also, they hate paperwork and bureaucracy.
O'Sullivan's Law: All organizations that are not actually right wing become left wing over time. I wrote about it a few years ago in relation to Habitat.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
That seems to be a pretty good rule of thumb. I think the Boy Scouts are pretty much hanging tough, but that is from a distance...
I was so mad at the American Dental Hygienist Asso. (ADHA) for not fighting against Obamacare that hubby and I didn't want to renew his membership. (He's the hygienist, not me.) They sent out an email claiming they had to go with the flow and work with those in power. If they're not going to fight against that mess of a bill, then why bother.
Someone asked why doctors join the AMA to start with. They usually join during medical school because they are conned into believing it's an organization that represents the "typical" doctor - if here is such a thing. why do they quit? They discover the truth!
In response to the original post regarding older docs preferring independence and working for themselves - this may seem like an insignificant point to many, but who do you want helping you make decisions about your medical care, someone who owns their own shop and is hereford working directly for you or someone who is working for their employer, e.g. the government or a hospital or a corporate "healthcare provider"? If the doctor who owns his/her own practice gets a bad rep, he/she loses his/her business. The employed physician, with no skin in the game, doesn't face this same consequence.
Same in Godzone AKA New Zealand. Both the Doctors Professional Society AND the NZMA are left wing unions - supporting arab revolts, gay this gay that etc. The Society has high membership because the majority employer(the Government) in this socialist system offers no hope of pay rises without physicians threatening (just) to strike every now and again.