Maggie Mahar is right, voters are powerful and can offset the lobbying force:
Voters still have tremendous power. And as we head toward Medicare reform — and eventually toward national health reform””legislators are going to have to weigh the power of the vote against the power of the lobbyists’ dollar.
Physicians need to align themselves with the voters, as they did with seniors in passing the recent Medicare bill.
It is imperative that any physician payment reform be framed in such a way that will benefit patients. That is the only way we can get the public on our side.