The AMGA finds itself a part of political debates in two congressional races,
OK, so Outliers was just sitting here minding our own business when we noticed that our very own Modern Healthcare has been dragged into a who’s-more-conservative-than-thou contest in the Republican primary election in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District.
Seems as though some folks don’t believe that the former chairman of the Jackson (Tenn.) Clinic multispecialty group, Ron Kirkland, is the “Tennessee conservative” he advertises himself to be and they are using a Modern Healthcare article as proof. About a year ago, in his leadership role then as chairman of the American Medical Group Association, Kirkland opened the group’s annual conference and talked about the big topic of the day: something called “healthcare reform” and the associated political machinations that went with it. Kirkland told how AMGA staffers were consulted by congressional staffers while drafting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which led to subsidies worth thousands of dollars in the stimulus law for each physician investing in health information technology.
Kirkland told AMGA members that they can pay their dues out of that amount, and added, “If this doesn’t excite you, ask a doctor to check your pulse.” His political opponents are now saying this shows Kirkland is just another free spender of other people’s money.
In yet more AMGA political news, other conservatives are questioning the anti-abortion credentials of Nan Hayworth. She’s a retired ophthalmologist and the wife of AMGA Chairman-elect Scott Hayworth who is seeking the GOP nomination for New York’s 19th Congressional District. Among arguments being used against her is that Nan Hayworth has accepted money from the AMGA political action committee, which has given money to liberal Democrats who support abortion rights.
Hayworth faces flak over the AMGA PAC.