I felt a great disturbance in The Force this week. No, it was not the planet Alderaan being blown to smithereens by a not-yet-fully-operational-or-so-we-thought Death Star. Rather, that disturbance was the news that Dr. Mike Sevilla is stepping away from social media and thereby stepping away from being one of family medicine's leading digital voices: a voice that I will sorely miss and a voice that his family medicine sisters and brothers will miss as well.
Greetings from San Francisco, where I am meeting with fellow California Academy of Family Physicians #FMRevolution-aries!
Lately, I have been awash in thoughts about family medicine and leadership (blame it in part on my participation in the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program). We are, after all, at a historic juncture in redefining how to deliver health care to more people given that health care reform is now law.
Hard to believe but it has been almost exactly one year since the 2012 American Academy of Family Physicians' National Conference of Special Constituencies. I had the privilege of serving as the Convener, or conference chair, and we all had the privilege of hearing from Dr. G. Gayle Stephens, one of the original Family Medicine Revolution-aries.
Ryan’s outright, unflinching dishonesty on Medicare, GM, Simpson-Bowles, among others is revelatory — a total discarding of pretense.
Finally, a journalist doing his or her job. Thank you Soledad.
The claim that President Obama “believes in government handouts and dependency by waiving the work requirement for welfare,” as Mr. Santorum postulated tonight during his RNC speech, has been written about and debated at length. In fact, it has been denounced as FALSE by numerous non-partisan fact checkers.
Yet, the GOP is banking on the idea that the more a statement is repeated, regardless of its merit, it eventually becomes fact. My favorite response from a member of the Romney team is pollster Neil Newhouse. In response to the fact-check reports, he said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Yes, please don’t let the truth get in the way.
“Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released an attack Thursday criticizing President Barack Obama for military budget cuts that Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) voted for and helped write.”