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While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors' advocates say. (more)

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The real question is not what the AMA will support or whether the attitudes of the AMA have changed, but why anyone would still heed its policy prescriptions. Very few national organizations have been so wrong for so long about the matters most salient to their own members.

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At the meeting of the American Medical Association, Barack Obama tackled the model "that has taken the pursuit of medicine from a profession -- a calling -- to a business."

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The health care debate takes another turn as the American Medical Association says it will oppose implementation of a government-sponsored medical insurance plan. The AMA's justification for selling out to private insurance companies? A public insurance plan competing with private firms would limit patient choices.

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The American Medical Association has finally apologized for once excluding black doctors from membership. The discriminatory policies ended in the 1960s, but it has taken almost 50 years for the group to formally apologize for its institutional racism.

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