Disappointed but determined: after #GA06 and #SC05. Still CALL YOUR SENATORS

We are all disappointed about #GA06. But here are some points we are thinking about.

1. #AHCA is A LOT more important. Keep calling your Senators. These are millions of people depending on care.

2. #GA06 and #SC05 were special elections. The Democrats can compete everywhere. And with the margin that Ossoff overcame, we have a good chance in '18.

3. We love Zeynep Tufekci's point -- waves build through social media, but elections are won through infrastructure. Through get-out-the-vote efforts. Through money. Part of our work through C4PC is to encourage activism and advocacy, but ALSO to identify good candidates (Allison Galbraith! Dotty Nygard! Others!) and RAISE MONEY TO HELP THEM.

Call Your Senators To Oppose the AHCA!

Make sure your Republican Senator knows that their vote to steal insurance from millions of Americans to pay for a tax break for the rich will be held against them, loudly and frequently, from now till they are removed from office.

Please encourage your DemocraticSenator in their opposition to the AHCA, and ask them to hold up routine Senate business until a bill is released and a hearing scheduled.

C4PC ENDORSES DOTTY NYGARD, RN, FOR CONGRESS

Baltimore, MD; May 30, 2017 - Clinicians for Progressive Care enthusiastically endorses Dotty Nygard, RN, in California's 10th Congressional District against Rep. Jeff Denham. 

Jeff Denham has voted with Donald Trump 100% of the time, and his healthcare politics are no different. He said he wouldn't vote for any bill that would cut Medicaid or affect essential health benefits, yet he voted for Trump's misbegotten AHCA even without knowing how much it would cost or how many people it would leave without insurance. In fact, 51,000 Californians in the 10th District alone would lose coverage under the bill Denham voted for.

C4PC founder Zackary Berger, MD, PhD : "An emergency room nurse and patient advocate, as well as a former member of Riverbank city council, Nygard brings compassion, knowledge, and determination to the fight for the underserved and disadvantaged. She knows what healthcare and governing means, and how kindness and expertise work together -- not for the powerful but for the ordinary Californian."

About C4PC: Clinicians for Progressive Care supports candidates, issues, and advocacy which promote equitable, compassionate, evidence-based, and progressive healthcare for every group and individual.

Contact information
Dr. Berger can be reached at: 
treasurer@cliniciansforprogressivecare.com

C4PC ENDORSES ALLISON GALBRAITH FOR CONGRESS

For Immediate Release

Baltimore, MD; May 22, 2017 - Clinicians for Progressive Care is happy to endorse Allison Galbraith for Maryland's 1st Congressional District against Rep. Andy Harris. 

C4PC ENDORSES EXPERIENCED ACTIVIST, HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNER ALLISON GALBRAITH

C4PC ENDORSES EXPERIENCED ACTIVIST, HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNER ALLISON GALBRAITH

C4PC founder Zackary Berger, MD, PhD : "With her experience in the workings of the federal government and the health care system, Allison stands for what Andy Harris can't stand: meaningful health care for all without regard to who you are or where you come from."

About C4PC: Clinicians for Progressive Care supports candidates, issues, and advocacy which promote equitable, compassionate, evidence-based, and progressive healthcare for every group and individual.

Contact information
Dr. Berger can be reached at: treasurer@cliniciansforprogressivecare.com

What To Do list for May 3, 2017 - Stop Blaming the Sick!

What-To-Do List For Doctors Against Trump

Week of May 3, 2017

MDs Against Trump is a special project of Clinicians For Progressive Care.

Support candidates who believe in healthcare!

 

Top tasks for this week (thanks to itstimetofight.weebly.com for many of these links)

Call your reps and tell them:

  1. #ZombieTrumpCare will die, but we must help it along. Grab your Louisville Slugger, I mean your cellphone, and tell your reps #NoTrumpCare.

  2. The Trump administration and Tom Price must not be allowed to weaken the ACA. They must competently administer the markets, enforce the individual mandate, continue the insurance subsidies, ensure essential health benefits, refrain from instituting work benefit requirements for Medicaid, and remove legal challenges to the ACA. #ACAWorks #The MandateWorks #ACASubsidiesWork #HealthBenefitsAreEssential #SickPeopleCantWork

  3. HR 676 is the Medicare for All proposal in the House. Check if your representative is one of the 108 cosponsors. If they are, thank them! And if they aren’t, ask them to support it. #MedicareForAll  

  4. #PriceMustGo. His newly discovered even-worse insider trading, corruption, opposition to broad based health coverage, and anti-vaccine statements make him unfit to lead a Cabinet-level health agency.

  5. #DontBlameTheSick. Work eligibility requirements for Medicaid are cruel and ineffective, revealing the true face of GOP health policy.

    1. Wisconsin. Email comments to Wisconsin1115CLAWaiver@dhs.wisconsin.gov

    2. Kentucky. Call Gov Bevin at (502) 564-2611

    3. Maine. [public hearings scheduled May 17 in Portland, May 18 Augusta]

  6. Read these thoughts about how healthcare priorities connect to resisting the Trump agenda.

 

Don’t forget your local reps, local organizing, and your local Individisible groups!

Don’t forget to move your clinical setting towards the principles you believe in!

 

Put your money where your beliefs in healthcare are! Support Clinicians for Progressive Care today!

Also….

  • Consider candidates who believe in healthcare

    • Jon Ossoff is running in the special election for Tom Price’s House seat. More info about the run and how to get involved here.

    • Kim Weaver is running against Steve King.

    • Allison Galbraith is running against Andy Harris.

 

And as always, stay connected with us and spread the word to other doctors! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

This week’s poem:

Exodus, by Taha Muhammad Ali

An Update about Clinicians for Progressive Care

Your protests, phone calls, and town halls turned the tide to deal Ryan, Trump, and those opposing progressive healthcare a stinging rebuke. Kudos to the many long-standing advocacy groups and the new forces defending patients and clinicians.

Our board will be meeting in the coming months to decide how best to take advantage of our new status, raise funds, and seek out worthy candidates. Meanwhile, here's a few words about each of our board members [I hope not to have made too many mistakes!]. Thanks to them for stepping up!

Dorothy Charles is a medical student in Philadelphia and one of the national coordinators for White Coats for Black Lives (#wc4bl).

Matthew Charon, our Assistant Treasurer, is an experienced attorney active in health care causes as well as a patient advocate. [Without him we wouldn't be organized at all!]

Justin Lowenthal is a biomedical engineer, MD-PhD student, and Maryland director for Doctors For America.

Andrew Ramsey (not on Facebook) is a politically active emergency medicine physician.

Roxana Samimi is an infectious disease specialist who has worked around the US and the world, currently based in Washington, DC.

Quinn Snyder, our newest board member, is an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, who was part of the successful Healthcare Professionals protest (shoutout to Andrew Goldstein). In addition to advocacy and organizing experience, he is knowledgeable in healthcare financing and fundraising.

Double-boarded in medicine and pediatrics, Natalie Spicyn is a primary care physician in Baltimore and has been active in organizing healthcare workers.

An impressive group, to be sure! If you would like to join us, please message me.

Stay tuned for our further activities!

Zackary Berger (Treasurer)

Where are we in ACA repeal? And why does it matter?

Per latest updates, it appears that the AHCA is proceeding through the Senate despite the CBO's calmly worded damning assessment (https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact_0.pdf). That means, at this point, the House Budget Committee will have to combine the versions of the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees, then send to the floor for a vote.

What does that mean for you? Call your Representative and tell them to vote against AHCA and against any ACA repeal. Call your Senator and tell them the same thing.

Okay, this is the same thing we've been saying for weeks. Maybe where the AHCA is in the hopper doesn't matter to our advocacy actions, but throwing our bodies against the machinery of negligence and death matters to us, our patients, and our country.