March 19, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy
The California Medical Association (CMA) sent a large contingent of physicians, medical students and staff to the California Democratic Party Convention in Los Angeles, March 7-9. As the trial lawyers are major Democratic party financial contributors, our presence was critical to the ongoing battle over the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).
Joining the group of 3,000 California Democratic delegates and guests, CMA’s physicians and medical students, donning their crisp white lab coats, had a major presence. Roaming the halls, lining the backs of caucus rooms and speaking to delegates, CMA’s representatives were the talk of the convention.
Physicians and students spoke out regarding CMA’s commitment to access to health care in California, particularly the effects any changes to MICRA would have on our state's health care system. Our volunteers at the CMA booth engaged hundreds of people in conversation about the importance of MICRA – leaving a truly lasting impression. And, during the huge general session, students greeted hundreds of delegates with information regarding the trial lawyers’ ballot measure “sweetener” ploy.
CMA is extremely grateful to the over 100 physician members and medical students for their time, enthusiasm and dedication. Their energy was impossible to ignore, and the “white coats” created wonderful opportunities to start conversations about health care in California.
CMA also sent a contingent of physicians and staff to the California Republican Party Convention this past weekend in Burlingame. California Republicans have been consistent supporters of MICRA and other tort reform efforts, and this year is no different as we face the trial lawyers' latest challenge. CMA's representatives to the Republican convention not only spoke to the delegates about the critical importance of continuing to support MICRA, but also touched on many other health care issues facing physicians in Sacramento this legislative session.