“I think any election is a big moment to take a step back and think [about] what the priorities were that shaped the election outcomes. One [thing that was] consistent across the board was the importance of healthcare,” says Dr. Wallace. “Both parties are passionate about doing what they think is best for patients and the country, and this is a great opportunity for rheumatologists to educate members of both parties on where we can all see eye to eye.”
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Dr. Wallace is hopeful rheumatologists who showed up at the polls maintain their enthusiasm and turn it into support for RheumPAC.
Dr. Worthing is thrilled so many people came out to vote. “I hope rheumatologists were there, and I hope they continue to stay active, lending their voices to [appeals to] elected officials.”
Rheumatologists and rheumatology professionals can go to the ACR’s Legislative Action Center to send emails to their legislators on topics of importance. And they can connect with their elected officials on social media and in their home districts.
“It’s a great idea for rheumatologists to meet with members of Congress when they’re at home, and even invite them to visit their clinics,” says Dr. Worthing.
- Astor M, Stack L. Midterm turnout was up. How much? We don’t know yet. The New York Times. 2018 Nov 9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/us/politics/election-turnout.html.
Kelly April Tyrrell writes about health, science and health policy. She lives in Madison, Wis.