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At some point in our lives, we’re all patients, and the way to strengthen our system, to control both cost and quality, is to empower the patient. If the federal government is allowed to expand its role in medicine, our country will see the long waiting lines for care, patients will lose trust in their doctors, and the medical discovery and innovation that has saved and enhanced lives across the country will end.

That’s something patients — and doctors — should not allow to happen.

Dr. Daniel H. Johnson Jr., Dr. Donald J. Palmisano and Dr. William G. Plested III, are all former presidents of the American Medical Association.