The Elephant in the Room

TWO DAYS AFTER the election, a conversation I had with a planner at a large medical association brought home forcefully the potential effect of President Bush's reelection on healthcare meetings. The planner, who asked not to be identified, said that when she went abroad earlier this year to promote her convention, some physicians told her that as long as Bush was President they would not come to the United States. These were not idle statements: International attendance at her fall co

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