I applaud the nomination of a champion for eliminating health disparities in this country, but Regina Benjamin's seat on the board of the American Medical Association troubles me. This is the same organization that has publicly opposed healthcare reform and tried to stir up fear that doctorally prepared nurses, i.e., low-cost primary-care providers, would dupe the public into thinking they are physicians. The AMA does not promote the interests of the public; it is most interested in extending the medical profession's power and income. How can Benjamin lead in a reformed healthcare system while embracing the ethics of the AMA?
Teresa T. Goodell, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Nurse SpecialistSchool of NursingTrauma ICU RNOregon Health & Science UniversityPortland
Comment on today's news or other matters. Submit your comments to the Daily Dialogue at [email protected]. Submissions must include name, title, affiliation, city and state. Modern Healthcare reserves the right to edit all submissions.