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.