Stuart Schear

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The Ultimate Self-Referral: Health Care Reform, AMA-Style

Why did American Medical Association support Newt Gingrich's proposals on Medicare? Not for the reasons the media suggested.

Tilting their
heads upward, delegates to the annual convention of the American Medical
Association (AMA) last June gazed at an enormous closed-circuit television
screen in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hilton. Suddenly, Newt
Gingrich's face filled the blank space, and from the moment he began to
speak, the usually staid crowd let loose shouts of approval and waves of
applause. Holding aloft a copy of the AMA's hot-off-the-presses proposal,
"Transforming Medicare," Speaker Gingrich told his audience exactly
what it wanted to hear. "Unlike Ira Magaziner, we have actively reached
out to ask the AMA to be at the table."