The Ama Is Looking A Bit Anemic

The medical profession has for decades been united against a common enemy: government meddling in health care. Led by the powerful American Medical Assn., doctors have repeatedly fended off proposals for national health insurance. In the 1960s, the organization vehemently opposed medicare. Throughout these battles, the AMA was the monolithic voice of physicians. "We could shake hands with the AMA, and we had a deal with doctors," recalls Joseph A. Califano Jr., top domestic-affairs assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1969.

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