I think the groundswell is becoming hard to ignore.
Courtesy of Salon:
When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful healthcare groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.
Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naïve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed to at least study the possibility of changing its stance.
“We believe health care is a human right, maybe more so than past generations,” said Dr. Brad Zehr, a 29-year-old pathology resident at Ohio State University, who was part of the debate. “There’s a generational shift happening, where we see universal health care as a requirement.”
The ins and outs of the AMA’s policymaking may sound like inside baseball. But this year’s youth uprising at the nexus of the medical establishment speaks to a cultural shift in the medical profession, and one with big political implications.
The main reason that the AMA fought so hard against single-payer health care was to protect their profit margin which is a clearly a dick move when compared to the number of lives that could be saved by a universal single-payer system in this country.
Clearly our younger doctors see their responsibilities as more about caring for their fellow man and less about filling up their bank accounts.
And that is good news for our future.