Physicians Dedicated to Wealth

New York Times (May 17, 1998)

I had to laugh at an advertisement in the Sunday New York Times.

The half-page advertisement was captioned "Big tobacco can walk away. We won't." It was paid for by the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, and urges Congress to pass, and the President to sign tobacco legislation that includes certain provisions.

One provision asked for is "A promise that adequate tobacco funds are spent on tobacco-use prevention and control programs as well as other health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. [Emphasis added].

Of course, the AMA's and AHA's request for tobacco money to be spent on on "other health programs like Medicare and Medicaid" is nothing more than a request for a wealth transfer to physicians and hospitals from smokers, via the tobaccco companies.

Perhaps the AMA should consider changing its motto from "Physicians dedicated to the health of America" to "Physicians dedicated to wealth."

(My apologies for not posting the advertisement itself. It was too large to scan.)

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