Interest And Ideological Opposition : The American Medical Association Of America
Across history, interest group and ideological oppositions have created barriers to successfully passing health reform legislation in the United States. While the problem emerged in the early 1900s with the decline in social and political conditions within the United States, some would argue that the issues initiated during the progressive era of 1915-1920, or shortly after. Either way, it was not until the Great Depression when the American Medical Association (AMA) rejected the notion of doctors providing free care to the poor as a means to reject “socialized medicine.” This stance solidified of AMA’s role as one of the leading organizations opposing National Insurance.
As time progressed, several committees, organizations and leaders made unsuccessful efforts to pass legislation to improve healthcare for American people and increase access to low income for individuals and families. However, for each attempt, interest groups such as the AMA, the National Medical Association (NMA), Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), and the Congressional Republicans, fought back with responses about the possibility of the program placing governmental agency power over the financing of health care, while also leading to state medicine and socialized medicine.
From 1931-1965, all interest-group arguments for the implementation of this policy provided an ideological opposition through their focus on the fear of governmental power, and how…