The AMA Can’t Wake Up

Teenage girl (13-14) asleep on sofa

The health care system is failing. The assault on the autonomy and integrity – such as it remains – of U.S. doctors is years underway. Patients have more radical premium jacks to look forward to thanks to the tender mercies of Obamacare, even as access will become more difficult. Our national medical programs for the dependent poor and elderly are strangling our future, even as we invite illegals to participate. Doctors are being assaulted with increasing overhead, increasing liabilities, increasing(ly) wasteful MOC garbage, LELT’s, and angrier, dumber patients, leading to the lawyers, always the lawyers…

Into this swirl of very real crises steps the AMA, to deal directly, swiftly, forcefully, compassionately, professionally, and decisively with the salient threat of teen sleep deprivation. In a heroic response to this existential peril, Dr. William Kobler, an AMA board member, declared at this year’s annual meeting, “Sleep deprivation is a growing public health issue affecting our nation’s adolescents, putting them at risk for mental, physical and emotional distress and disorders. Scientific evidence strongly suggests that allowing adolescents more time for sleep at the appropriate hours results in improvements in health, academic performance, behavior, and general well-being.”

Despite their falling numbers and increasing irrelevancy on matters of substance, the media and government officials keep giving the AMA more recognition than is their due; that organization’s useful idiocy gives the media and government some cover in avoiding problems too tough to tackle.

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