According to the Associated Press’s article “Doctors signal they’ll work with Obama” by Lindsey Tanner, America’s largest group of physicians had their annual meeting and many thought they were going to create an obstacle for President Obama’s health insurance reform plan. After Obama himself spoke with the doctors, they signaled that they will not close the door on the proposal to have a public health insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
The Obama administration would have liked a strong endorsement from the doctors, but this vote by the American Medical Association (AMA) is a small victory for the White House. They are a key player in the health care reform debate.
The AMA is traditionally a conservative group and has disagreed with previous administrations’ attempts to change health care. It is a notable presence in Washington and Obama’s trip to Chicago for the meeting shows that he does value the doctors’ support and understands the influence they have.