White men need to do their part and make healthcare safe again
Editor's Note: which features contributions from members of the medical community. These blogs are an opportunity for bloggers to engage with readers about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform. The series continues with this blog by Monya De, MD, MPH, who practices internal medicine and integrative medicine in the Los Angeles area. The views expressed in these blogs are those of their respective contributors and do not represent the views of or UBM Medica.
There were 440,000 people, mostly women, who marched on Washington a day after our latest presidential inauguration, with 750,000 marching in Los Angeles and 100,000 marching in London.
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Thousands marched, collectively, in Lithuania, Kenya, Antarctica, Poland and Tanzania.
However, it didn’t matter to the new presidential administration, as it proceeded to issue proclamations weakening the mandate—the part that provides an incentive for healthy people to sign up for insurance—of the Affordable Care Act.
With no mandate, and fewer healthy people signing up for insurance, overall costs rise. An executive order ended aid to organizations providing abortion services abroad, ensuring the birth of many more unwanted, hungry babies in developing countries.
The current administration has everything it needs. Plenty of its voters support a Muslim ban (i.e., sending innocent Syrians back to slaughter) and bringing back pre-existing condition denials to health insurance. Food still gets delivered to the White House, suits are still pressed, the water and most of the lights are on. The machine isn’t stopping.
Some who voted this administration into power continue to support its policies. They have a legal right to do so. However, for white men who do not support these policies, publicly denouncing these actions and removing support for politicians who engage in them is what the women’s march movement now needs.
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According to the Pew Research Center, of the votes that were successfully cast, the president carried whites by a margin of 21%, while he carried men by a margin of 12%. About 61% of white male registered voters are Republican, a full 10% more than the percentage of males of all races that are Republican.