On June 8, 2019, hundreds protested the AMA’s opposition to Improved Medicare for All

Video.  The orientation straightens out after a few minutes.

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Headquarters in Chicago, students, physicians, nurses, unions, and single payer activists from around the country protested against the American Medical Association’s opposition to Improved Medicare for All.

The AMA has joined with the leading insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital companies to form the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future to campaign against national single payer health care.

The June 8 Action called on the AMA to withdraw from this corporate front group.

The action was initiated by Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), the medical student affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Program.  The All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care is among a broad range of co-sponsors of the event.

From the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Headquarters the demonstrators marched to the Hyatt Regency Chicago to call on the American Medical Association to stop actively campaigning against Medicare for All, which 55% of physicians and the vast majority of people in the US support.  Inside the AMA meeting a number of protesters staged a die-in to dramatize the consequences of the AMA policy.

Demonstration at the AMA in Chicago
Demonstration at the AMA in Chicago

The AMA’s opposition to Medicare is longstanding.

In 1968, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, co-founder and director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group,  politely and briefly took over a microphone at the American Medical Association’s national meeting because of the A.M.A.’s opposition to the right to health care.

Fifty-one years later, the A.M.A., along with its well-financed corporate partners in the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, is still leading the charge against universal, single-payer health care, also known as Medicare for All.

There is a brief video of Dr. Sidney Wolfe at this link.

Photos of the Chicago action are here and here.