The American Medical Association has just sent a letter to Charlie Rangel enthusiastically endorsing the House Democratic health care bill, and urging members of the relevant House committees to send it to the floor for a full vote. You can read it here. The letter includes a bullet-point list of what it sees as the strong points of the bill, and while it does not specifically endorse the creation of a government-run plan, it does not critcize the inclusion of one either. The letter does not even mention it. As liberals always remind us when the AMA is opposing their agenda, the AMA does not represent most doctors. However, politically speaking, this will provide a strong boost to proponents of government-run health care. The AMA has just thrown its weight behind the most liberal health care legislation that could conceivably pass into law, and so Democrats will now be able to say that it has the backing of the nation’s largest group of physicians, and argue that it can’t really be that radical.
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