As we have seen over the past 20 months, elections have consequences - to the very lives of those that we care for. Yet in many of our minds, there is no doubt that this November's election is the most important election in many of our lifetimes. The welfare of our patients, rollbacks of key public health and social justice programs, even our very democratic institutions and values are at stake. Taking away coverage, trauma from Executive immigration policy and the opportunity costs of not implementing commonsense health policies that would have saved lives and reduced suffering do real harm to the health of our patients. And that is not to even mention efforts of disinformation, assaults on the free press, propagation of anti-scientific policy-making, gerrymandering, voter ID laws, voter registration purges, census-rigging, enabling violent bigotry, and more.
Recently an informal collaboration allies in this fight, like-minded physician-based organizations such as Progressive Doctors/On Call For Democracy, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), National Physicians Alliance (NPA), National Medical Association (NMA), American Medical Women's Association and more, have come together to engage all of our respective members and unite efforts to amply our voices. Below are a few ways you can get involved.
- DFA is committed to having an impact in the 2018 midterm election with our Candidate's Check-up. The idea: we advise our patients to have regular check-ups, where we listen to their experiences and advise them on what they can do to make them healthier. Click here to view DFA's Candidate's Check-up.
- Protect our Care is organizing a bus tour that will travel from coast to coast, stopping in cities and towns to tell the stories of the millions of Americans and highlight the critical need to protect access to quality, affordable health care. Click here to view the dates and cities and to sign up to speak. If you are interested in attending and speaking email email@example.com
- Fill out our survey and let us know how you want to get involved in our campaign.