Friday, February 21, 2014

Gay Marriage, "Drawing the Line", and the Media

EDIT: I suggest you all read to the end- I'm not making the point you may think I am making.

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I fully support gay marriage.

A Tea Party-backed Senatorial candidate in Kentucky, Matt Bevin, was doing an interview, and giving a rather typical anti-gay marriage stock answer.   Surprisingly, it had less direct gay-bashing than usual for a Southern Tea Party candidate- Bevin mostly made points about state's rights.

Of course, we have to remember here that historically, racist policies and segregation were defended by southern (then-Democratic) politicians under the guise of state's rights.  Starting with Nixon, the Republican party purposefully adapted the rhetoric of "state's rights" as a code word for segregation, to attract white southerners who became disaffected from the Democratic Party after President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  This was the infamous "Southern Strategy", and has been publicly confirmed by a recording of the late, great GOP strategist Lee Atwater.

Back to Bevin.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Why I'm (Probably) Not Going Into Primary Care

I have to say when I was applying to medical school originally I was interested in primary care.  One of my role models was my aunt, a PCP, whom I worked for as a scribe/medical assistant.  She walked me through her differential diagnosis for each patient and I was hooked at her level of knowledge and thought process.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Why More Pay (Probably) Won't Create More Primary Care Physicians

There have been many, many calls recently to increase Primacy Care Physician(PCP) pay, and decrease that of Specialists. I'll link to just one example here. (The link in question also features some AMA RUC bashing, a topic I've covered before). This is part of a drive to lure more medical school graduates to Primary Care specialties such as Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.