Doctors Rally Against Healthcare Bill, AMA

Saturday, 12 Sep 2009 09:29 AM

By Kathleen Walter

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More than 1,000 physicians from all 50 states converged on Washington, D.C., on Thursday in demonstration against controversial healthcare legislation and the American Medical Association, a leading advocate of H.R. 3200, also known as America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

Wearing surgical scrubs, chanting and brandishing signs, the doctors picketed on the front steps of the AMA's building and delivered a very powerful message.

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“The AMA has sold out patients and sold out the profession of medicine,” said Kathryn Serkes, policymaker for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), which organized the rally.

“In July, they endorsed H.R. 3200 and took a lot of heat and lost members in droves,” said Serkes. “This week, they put out a statement that was an obvious attempt to repair that, but it’s obvious their position hasn’t changed,” she said. “The damage with the medical community cannot be healed.”

The doctors then traveled en masse to Capitol Hill for the “Physicians, Stand Together” rally organized by the AAPS in conjunction with “tea party patriots.” The doctors are against legislation that would lead to a government takeover of healthcare, a move they believe would compromise patient quality of care.

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