I’ve always tried to avoid talking politics on this blog, which for me is difficult, as I’m very patriotic and interested in the function of our government. However, I thought today I would weigh in on how the election may effect the profession of chiropractic, without trying to give away my leanings.
Regarding chiropractic, President Elect, Barack Obama has recently said, in a letter to the American Chiropractic Association,
“We need to expand the range of chiropractic services covered by Medicare, facilitate integration of doctors of chiropractic into the health care systems of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, and allow commission of doctors of chiropractic as officers in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service”
This may be a prime time for chiropractors to get some good policies in place, to push for commissioning of chiropractors in the military and getting all of our troops the chiropractic care they need and deserve. I urge all chiropractors, patients, friends and family to look into your newly elected officials. What ever their policies and agendas may be they are our elected officials, and represent us, and now may be a prime season to move the cause of chiropractic forward.
Election day is not the only day that we should participate in our government. It is a government by the people. Our representatives need to hear from us now as they are preparing for the transition. If we let them know what we want done now we may be able to get something done before they start running for re-election.
There are still two resolutions sitting in committees in congress. Let’s get chiropractors commissioned in this election cycle!