Patient advocacy under Trump

President Trump was quick to take action on repealing Obamacare. With no replacement in sight, here are some thoughts on how to be effective patient advocates.

It’s official. Donald J. Trump has taken the oath and become the 45th president of the United States. And, as promised, one of his first official acts was aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Hours after the swearing-in President Trump signed his first executive orders, including one that “eases the burdens” of Obamacare. While it’s unclear exactly how this executive order will be implemented (as of this writing the only public copy I was able to find was a photo on Twitter) there are warnings that it is will severely damage or gut Obamacare.

Looking ahead to the next four years I expect patients and their advocates will be more politically active, defending their rights to access affordable healthcare. To be effective we have to get and stay engaged for the long haul. Healthcare policy is complex and it’s not going to be resolved with a single action or piece of legislation.

Where do we start? Here are my thoughts.

Start by taking a deep breath.

Advocating for patient rights and healthcare access is going to be a lot of work and it’s going to take time to get done. Your brain can use the shot of oxygen and your nerves can use the calming effect of a deep breath.

Choose one thing to focus on.

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Repealing Obamacare: How to be heard by Congress

Things are moving quickly on repealing Obamacare. Make sure Congress knows where you stand on repeal and replace.

Originally I was going to write a self-reflective post this week about how I’m managing my emotions after the election. But things are moving too quickly on repealing Obamacare for that.

Yesterday, the Senate passed a budget resolution which was the first step in the Obamacare repeal process. Today, the House voted to do the same.

No time for navel gazing. Time to take action.

Time to let my members of Congress (MOC) know where I stand on repealing and replacing Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

I urge you to do that same. Here’s how.

Call your congressperson and senators!

[1] Find out who represents you in Congress.

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