The AMA Is Advocating for the Creation of a Communist State
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
On May 11, the American Medical Association published its misguided "Organization Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity" where it essentially embraced critical race theory as a valid sociological model to explain disparities in healthcare. Unfortunately for its members, the totality of the piece is a fatally flawed instrument devoid of any objective scientific merit and serving only as a mouthpiece for Leftist political dogma designed to sow hatred and discontent amongst America's various ethnic groups and races. The negative repercussions of the AMA's position will be widespread, rippling well beyond the medical industry. And although its lack of scientific merit is sad enough, the treatise also goes on to conflate, perhaps purposely, the concepts of equality and equity. With this erroneous start, the AMA dives into an intellectual quicksand pit filled with ill-conceived logic and conclusions from which it is unable to escape, taking with it everything Americans ought to hold dear. Its misconceptions begin at the very basics: with its misrepresentations of equality and equity.
According to the AMA, "Equality means providing the same amounts of resources across populations." This is exactly not what equality means. "Equality" is not a verb. It is a noun. Providing to another is an action, making it verb and an impossible definition for the word. The American Heritage Dictionary, deines "equality" as "[t]he state or quality of being equal"; a noun, not a verb. There is no providing. There is no giving. There is no taking in equality.
The concept of equality exists only in hypotheticals, mathematics, and engineering. Humans are not equal to each other. Thank God they are not. They are endowed with different skills, life experiences, understandings, and insights that make each of the 7.8 billion people uniquely different. This is why there are great artist, scientists, doctors, nurses, businessmen and women, inventors, writers, philosophers, theologians, and philanthropists.
A pernicious and creeping mischaracterization of the concept of equality has been taking place in the United States over the past century. Like the AMA, many are confused into believing that equality means a manufactured situation where we must all be equal in our possessions and in our resources. Thus we come across the AMA's dangerous conclusion equality necessarily means "having the same amounts of and types of resources across populations." This concept is as absurd as it is hazardous to human existence. Of course, we cannot, nor should we have, the same amounts and types of resources across the population. Why in the world would I want to have an igloo in Florida, and why would an Alaskan desire a surfboard? Advocating for such parity is simply stupid, yet this is what the AMA believes we should be striving for.
One of the foundational reasons the United States is such an exemplary country is precisely because it neither assumes that there is parity amongst its citizens nor does it strive to achieve it. The reality is that when we speak of equality in the United States, we speak of equality in the eyes of the law. It is not up to the government to make sure we are all equally homogenistic and inhuman, but it is the responsibility of government to grant us equal access to redress, equal representation, and an equal freedom to pursue our own passions independent of government coercion or interference.
The AMA actually dismisses the concept of governmental noninterference by deceitfully averring that "Seeking to treat everyone the 'same' ignores the historical legacy of disinvestment and deprivation through historical policy and practice of marginalization and minoritizing communities. It has generated an unequal society that traces back prior to the founding of the country."
But once again, the AMA gets it patently wrong. The concept of treating "everyone the 'same'" was born of two ideas recognized by the Founding Fathers. First was the danger inherent to a government that fails to treat everyone the "same." It is precisely because all were not treated the same that Catholics were beheaded in England, that Puritans were incarcerated, the Jews were oppressed, and that anyone who dared to disagree with the crown was persecuted, devoid of his property, and oftentimes, killed. Despite the AMA's delusion, it is precisely because individuals were not treated the "same" that the United States had state sponsored slavery, repressed women, and the discriminated, in fact and in law, against immigrants. Moreover, this despotic process has been repeated in every country where it has been tried. See Hitlers treatment of gays and Jews. Somehow, the AMA stupidly wishes to return to that situation in the name of a misrepresented and improperly defined "equality."
The next concept the AMA fumbles is that of equity. Here, the AHD defines the term as "the state if being just and fair." As opposed to equality, equity requires active manipulation in order to be achieved. If there is to be justice and fairness, there must exist some body to administer it.
When it comes to equity, the AMA does not even attempt to define the concept, rather it employs a description delusionally put forth by the World Health Organization describing equity as the "absence of unfair and unavoidable remediable differences in health among social groups."
There is a level of discomfort in knowing that the AMA would turn to the WHO, an organization that has twice ignored Chinese misconduct in the handling of major global pandemics when it attempts to define equity. To the AMA, "equity can be understood as both a process and an outcome, it involves sharing power with people to co-design interventions and investing and redistributing resources to the greatest need–with explicit consideration for how racism, gender and class oppression, ableism, xenophobia and English language supremacy impact outcomes." (No, I am not making it up. This is actually what the AMA published.) Thus we come to the centerpiece of the fatally flawed nature of the AMA's proposal and the naked truth behind the inherent threat from CRT.
According to the AMA, resources are to be redistributed to those in greatest need. Fewer, more direct comments in support of communism have ever been made by an American professional organization. Note how similar the AMA's language jibes with the writings of Karl Marx: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." The AMA is making no secret of its advocacy for Marxism in healthcare. In short, what the AMA wants is to control the means of production and apply its products in the manner it sees most fit to rid the world of poverty and to make people "as healthy as possible." What the AMA is doing, while substituting race for class, is calling for warfare and strife between American factions while the government administers whatever wealth is produced in the manner it sees most fit. And it hides its destructive theories under the cloak of making all "as healthy as possible"!
And if its brush with communism and totalitarianism were insufficient take a look at the equitable goal to which the AMA aimes when it proudly quotes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "People ask me sometimes, when do you think it will be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine." That is, when 100% of justices are women.
Translated to healthcare, then, the AMA is signaling that its efforts at achieving "equity" will not be completed until 100% of all physicians are black, disabled, non-Christians, Latinx (whatever those are), and women. Does this sound equitable to you? Honestly, it strains credulity that AMA leadership would have ever allowed its staff to have produced such a vile and disgusting statement. Yet it did
But of course, we are not done. Next up, the AMA's deranged understanding of racism.
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Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He may be contacted through his website: www.thefederalistpages.com.