Today, Americans celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - an untiring champion of civil rights and non-violent change. Were he alive today, he'd likely feel great pride at the impressive strides our country has taken toward racial equality. We suspect he'd also have a lot to say about health care.
Dr. King saw health care as a civil right, declaring that "of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." His legacy reminds us that striving for a more just and equitable health care system for all is the civil rights issue of our time. It is the cause that brought all of us in Doctors for America together. It is, more than ever before, the calling of our profession.
In the last two years, we've seen great passion in the health care debate and a diversity of opinions across the country, including among Doctors for America members.
But we've also been reminded that the moral imperative for a more just health care system that brought us together is powerful and remains unchanged. We've been reminded that as insurmountable as the challenges before us may seem, there are millions of people depending on us to help them get better health care.
That's why today, in honor of Dr. King and the millions of patients we care for, we're standing together to reaffirm our shared commitment to building a better health care system.
We're resolving to remember Dr. King's courage, integrity, and compassion during difficult times.
And we're reminding ourselves that extraordinary things can happen (and already have) when 15,000 doctors and medical students stand up for what we believe in.
In peace and solidarity,
Vivek, Alice, Lisa, Chris, Mona, Ken, Josh, Carol, Evan, Milan, Aaron, Kohar, Zee, Arun, Ali, and the rest of the Doctors for America team