Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, president of the AMA, said at a recent press conference
" Health care reform is a key component to jump starting our national economy.....quality,affordable health care is..good for business."
For some reason, I am reminded of the old quote that "what's good for general Motors is good for the country" That quote , of course, has taken on new meaning in the bailout or bridge loan requested by GM. Now we have what's good for health care is good for the economy.
With the degree of direness indicted by the media regarding the financial mess some have suggested that health care issue might have to be put on the back burner for a while.The recent ad campaign by AMA and others ( PhRMa, Blue Cross- to name two) might appear to be an effort to put it back up front, to exactly what ends is not made clear. What is that big pharma and the AMA suggest that will reform health care and somehow also jump-start things? Stay tuned, the ads to come may clarify their goals.
If vague generalities can help jump-start the economy we are off to a good start.Everyone is lining up in Washington for their share of the "recovery" package. We should not be surprised that the AMA does not want to be left out .