Shout outs for reproductive rights, vaccination, and universal coverage
By Shannon Firth
MedPage Today, Jan. 21, 2017
WASHINGTON — Among the masses that descended on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Women’s March was Katie MacMillan, a fourth-year medical student.
“This isn’t all about ‘Not-Trump,'” said MacMillan, referring to Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th president on Friday. An aspiring pediatrician at Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tenn., MacMillan wants to ensure that women’s reproductive rights are respected, as are vaccination criteria for U.S. children.
“We want women to have access to anything they need to to make the right choices for their bodies,” she said.
Carol Paris, MD, the new president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-payer advocacy group stood with fellow doctors at the march, holding “Medicare for All” posters.
Paris, a retired psychiatrist from Nashville, Tenn., told MedPage Today, that while she was pleased to see 20 million people get insurance through the ACA, she believes the law is flawed.
On the other hand, repealing the ACA will result in a “leaner and meaner” ACA under a different name, she said.
Paris said she does agree with conservatives that the ACA triggered “needless expense and bureaucracy,” but those same conservatives have told her a single payer system is not “politically feasible.”
Still, she is undeterred: “I will not tolerate another administration and another 4 years of incrementalism.”