The American Medical Association Comes Around on Health Reform

In an unexpected move, the AMA delivered a caveat-free endorsement of Obama's plan.
About a month ago, the American Medical Association announced that it would oppose any health care reform effort that included a public option. This was not unexpected -- the AMA has a lengthy record of opposing reform, and has resisted major effort for generations. Sam Stein recently noted, "The group's reputation on this matter is so notorious that historians pinpoint it with creating the ominous sounding phrase "socialized medicine" in the early decades of the 1900s.
Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."
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