From RangelMD: 10 Rules for Doctor TV Shows
So, any reaction to that AAFP/Coca-Cola deal?
The Skeptical OB says Family docs: Have a Coke and a bribe!
The Radical Clarity Group says In one stroke, AAFP has indicated that it can be bought.
The Newbie Vegetarian likens the deal to the sale of the AAFP’s soul.
On a practical level, the money the AAFP will get from the Coca-Cola Company will doubtless be put to good use. The question is how much ire from the Academy’s membership and how much lost credibility with the public is the organization willing to accept?
UPDATE: Marion Nestle at Food Politics says This partnership places the AAFP in embarrassing conflict of interest. Julie Deardorff at Julie’s Health Club says the venture will—and should—undermine the credibility of the AAFP, one of the leading family doctor groups in the U.S.
UPDATE II: From the Later On blog: Oh, Jesus! This is just pathetic.
UPDATE III: Ken Terry at BNET: [A]t the end of the day, corporations do not spend money on “educational materials” unless it somehow promotes their products. And I am not sure that the AAFP is doing people any favor by telling them it’s ok to consume soft drinks that have no nutritional value but can make them fatter–and therefore, more subject to a host of chronic diseases.
Blogger Lauren Melissa says the AAFP has sold their soul. Adds Melissa: Pardon my language, but what the shit?!
UPDATE IV: Katherine Hobson at U.S. News & World Report has picked on the story. Some interesting comments. too.
UPDATE V: Several [AAFP] members spoke [at a recent town hall meeting] of their concerns about the AAFP partnering with a company whose products have been linked to increased obesity, especially in children.
From the What Were They Thinking? Department:
The AAFP today announced a corporate partnership with The Coca-Cola Co., in which the beverage giant will provide a grant for the Academy to develop consumer education content related to beverages and sweeteners for the AAFP’s award-winning consumer health and wellness Web site, FamilyDoctor.org.
Yeah. This was a good idea. All will go well with this. I mean, no AAFP member backlash or anything. Nope. Clear skies and smooth sailing.
From The Hill: Senate Democrats are going to have to move forward on healthcare without a single Republican supporter after Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she could not back the Finance Committee’s bill.
From the Associated Press: Health bill harder after Obama speech, says Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel of New York.
“Now is the time to act,” President Obama said in regard to health care reform. “We have talked this issue to death. … The time for talk is winding down. The time for bickering is past.”
Mr. President, a majority of Americans do not agree with your proposed health care reforms and you heard the voice of that majority during the town hall meetings held this past summer. The American people are not required to shut up and go along with your proposals if they think they are not good for the country. As your predecessor learned, sometimes a President can feel very strongly about this or that health care reform or initiative and still be told “No!” by the American public and their representatives.
As of this writing, the public option is a no go again: Ahead of Obama Speech, Baucus Says ‘Public Option’ Cannot Pass Senate