Phil Ochs: Hooray for the A.M.A.

Phil Ochs’ “Hooray for the A.M.A.” By Friedrich A. Bahmer Listen to A.M.A. Song (you will need to skip the ad) The fear of U.S. doctors over socialized medicine as a consequence of major reforms in health care put forward by President Obama is not new. With John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as president in 1960, doctors grew anxious about impending governmental regulations on the health care system. Half a century ago, in that era, Philip (Phil) Ochs (1940 – 1976) released a recording “Hooray for the A.M.A.”, in which he criticized both greedy doctors and the American Medical Association.1 In the last verse of his song, Ochs expressed the fears … Continue reading

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