(I will kindly *not* include myself in this)
Doctors are stupid, because they have allowed this to happen.
Still living in an era of the rich, private practice mentality...not accepting the fact that most physicians today are employees in one way or another. And instead of turning up their noses to unionizing, perhaps they should realize that they are now more like the average worker. They've allowed the nursing union to be the be the sole legislative voice on healthcare policy, to their detriment, and to the detriment of their patients.
As the nursing union shouts "patient advocacy," they are trying to implement healthcare policy that actually hurts the poorest, sickest, neediest members of our society (I'll elaborate as needed). The whole while, the AMA/CMA (made up of mostly people who are completely out of touch with young physicians) asks for money, but does nothing to help their cause. Time after time, taking "no position" on matters that make a huge difference with regard to modern physician's issues. Case in point - the Governor's proposed tax on doctors and hospitals. The doctor's are getting fucked, and there is no unified voice advocating on their behalf. Therefore, patients are getting fucked, and healthcare is a complete mess. And where are the doctors? Where is their voice. What solutions are *they* offering?
Doctors need to change their thinking, hold the medical societies accountable, (or refuse to join), participate in the legislative process, and drop the arrogance against unionizing. Or we can all prepare for complete chaos as healthcare continues to fall apart, without a legitimate beacon of leadership. As the doctors bury their heads in their arrogant asses, allow everyone else to take control, and then wonder why they are (directly) paying for a shitty healthcare system, run by nurses/chiropractors/optometrists/herbalists/and the 'people at the healthfood store.'
Get a clue.