A California physician, Dr. Alice Chen, was one of dozens of doctors invited to the White House on Monday to hear President Obama urge them to "fan out across the country" and work for health care reform.
"Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do," Obama said. "And so if you're willing to speak out strongly on behalf of the things you care about and what you see each and every day as you're serving your patients all across the country, I'm confident we are going to get health reform passed this year."
Fast-forward to December 3rd and we see yet another state association of doctors rejecting Obama's health care plan.
The state's largest doctors group is opposing healthcare legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate this week, saying it would increase local healthcare costs and restrict access to care for elderly and low-income patients.
The California Medical Assn. represents more than 35,000 physicians, making it the second-largest state medical group in the country after Texas.
Its executive committee met last week to discuss the Senate legislation proposed last month by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Association leaders plan to announce their opposition later this week before a vote is taken in the Senate, spokesman Andrew LaMar told The Times.
They join a handful of other state medical associations that have opposed the bill in recent weeks, including those in Florida, Georgia and Texas.
Hey, no one has more credibility than these guys right? Maybe the President and Congress ought to listen to them.