Welcome to the inaugural posting of the The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty!
Today's topic, Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?, is covered in a separate post.
First, I want to tell you a little bit about myself, the editor of this blog.
I have been advocating for internists and their patients for almost 30 years, first with the American Society of Internal Medicine, and then with the American College of Physicians, following the merger of ASIM and ACP in 1998. I am not a physician, but a lobbyist/policy guy who helps doctors influence health policy on behalf of their patients.
I am also a lifelong New York Mets fan and former vendor at the late (great?) Shea Stadium, making me well-prepared to accept disappointment (Especially required of Mets fans the past two seasons!) and deal with a cacophony of strong opinions--essential traits for advocacy in the nation's capitol!
This blog will reflect my work with ACP, but will not be a mouthpiece for ACP's positions. Instead, I hope to invite commentary on the most provocative and intriguing health policy discussions I come across in my daily work.