Health Care

Obama Seeks Support of Doctors

In light of the decidedly mixed reception of his proposed health-care bill, Barack Obama has now turned to doctors for support on the issue. The president met today with doctors from each state, and sought to both encourage and publicize the support he's received from the American Medical Association and much of the medical community. "Nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do," Obama told the assembled doctors. The president conspicuously made no mention of the controversial public option, instead focusing on established parts of the bill such as capping patient costs and his promise that reform would enable doctors to spend more time with patients. "Every one of you here today took an oath when you entered the medical profession. It was not an oath that you would spend a lot of time on the phone with insurance companies," he said.