During 1964 and '65, the AMA opposed different bills proposed in Congress to provide government funding for health care for the elderly and the poor. In spite of this opposition (and following President Lyndon Johnson's landslide election in 1964), different versions of these bills were later blended together and adopted as the Social Security Act of 1965, creating Medicare and Medicaid.
Why was the AMA opposed to this? What were their arguments against government funding for health care? On what grounds?
Where can I find a description / explanation of their arguments online?
(Yeah, I know this debate was a long time ago...)
(I'm not asking this question as a lobbyist or proponent for any group in the current 2009 health care reform debate. I don't have a vested interest or any stake in the current debate. It's just an honest historical/curiosity question, partially trying to use that previous debate to shed light on the different philosophical / political ideas involved in this question. Please try to answer by talking about the debate that was happening at that time, in 1964-65, if that's possible.)