Should Doctors March?
While sympathizing with Dr. Danielle Ofri case for a broad political statement in Washington, I can agree with this idea. As someone who has been on both sides of these actions, I found them ineffective.
I lobbied Congress on behalf of several large groups of doctors at the annual meetings of these groups in the capital. I was also a member of the Senate on similar pressure groups in the early stages of the discussion of the Affordable Care Act.
These are not ad hoc statements, whether large or small, that have had an impact on the final legislation, but the efforts of and lobbyists qualified professionals who have regular contact with congressional offices and offering real legislative language OCCURRED Real impact on the final legislation.
Lobbying is not a one-time process and a big event. It is a daily presentation of a logical and directed case that wins the day.
A march in Washington by doctors may attract one-day news coverage. Speaking with one voice for patient rights and social justice will undoubtedly be much more effective. The insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry have understood this.