the american medical association, whose self defined mission is to "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health," has instead engaged in a long effort to do just the opposite, including its opposition of medicare in the 1960s. now it has started a lobbying campaign against a government proposal to expand health care coverage using a single payer system. story in nytimes.
health care is fundamentally about public risk sharing for the betterment of the care of the ill and those who may become ill. it is not about competition, choice, or market forces. the physicians for national health care program has been a long standing advocate of this view, and has developed a detailed proposal on how to achieve an efficient and effective (single payer) system.