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Don’t put me in a (political) box

On any held date, several hundred people read one or more of my blog posts. I don’t have a good sense of who they are or where they stand on the various health and health policy issues that I’ve been writing about for the past few decades. Since I turn out the blog Explains operate a few years ago because it was being deluged in spam advertisings for cut-price Viagra and such, the only way I receive feedback about what I’ve written is when a book contacts out directly, through an e-mail or private social media message, to let me know what they reflected. The exclusion is my wife, who isn’t a regular book but does me the spare in terms of promoting my blog within her social and occupational cliques from time to time. That isn’t to say that we participate eye to eye on all or even most of these topics. In fact, recently she shared, after not predicting the blog for quite a while, that she was surprised by how “political” my affixes had become. It wasn’t merely the recent Donald Trump post, which I’ll freely admit is out of character for Common Sense Family Doctor and not likely to recur in the post-Trump Presidency era, but too posts about COVID-1 9 where I’ve seemed to come down on one partisan back or the other considering elements of the public health response.

I don’t feel that I’ve become more “political, ” but instead that public health and technical suggestion become increasingly politicized. For pattern, wearing a mask indoors to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 wasn’t a Republican or Democratic concern until the President declined to wear one and starting teasing challenger legislators “whos been”. Closing and re-opening public schools with safe protocols wasn’t a liberal or republican problem until the President, months prior to the results of definitive studies that reconfirmed that schools can re-open safely, insisted that they all re-open immediately and threatened to withhold federal funding if they didn’t. And it became more politicized when teachers’ unions, bastions of Democratic funding, ignored the science and insisted on conditions such as having children injected prior to teaches returning, which effectively would save clas online for the remainder of this academic year and likely most of the next one.

I resist being categorized as partisan based on my caste on any single publish. I am not currently registered with any political party, and though I voted for Joe Biden for President in 2020, eight years ago I voted for Mitt Romney and would probably vote for Romney again if he chose to run in 2024, located not only on his principled opposition to Trump’s unchecked lawbreaking but his role as one of the original designers of Obamacare when he was the governor of Massachusetts. I am as vocal about my approval of concealment edicts as I am about opening institutions. I praised President Obama’s health policy team for suppressing the U.S. Preventive Work Task Force’s politically annoying explanation on prostate cancer screening, and I praised President Trump’s firstly Secretary of Health and Human Service, Tom Price, for trying to do the same thing when he was a member of Congress. I praised Obama’s health officials for aiming to de-stigmatize substance use disorders and later bemoaned the Biden administration’s recent decision to block implementation of a proposal to expand be made available to medication-assisted treatment for opioid usage ailment by no longer requiring clinicians to hold a special waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

In short, I’ve been on both sides of the partisan divide. My health policy opinions hewed not to any political name or dogma, but have always been guided by my rendering of what the evidence presented says or doesn’t say. So when you read something I write, here or anywhere else, delight don’t automatically settled me into a political casket and assume that because I’m for this, I must be for or against that. I’m a family doctor, and my goal is to take a commonsense, less-is-more approach to health care.

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