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descantforhope said: Are they going to start naturopathic coverage in government health plans like medicaid and tricare? Have they considered alternative care as a very effective cost cutting measure? Is national licensure for ND’s an issue they’ve considered?

Excellent question(s). Guys, seriously, if you have any questions, or a topic you want to raise to the senior WH officials, please please let me know! 

The Live Panel Discussion will be webcasted at whitehouse.gov/SOTU after 10pmEST. 

So far, I have questions covering: 

Day at the White House

Don’t mind me, I’ll be in and around the White House all day for the State of the Union. There’s also a panel discussion post-SOTU with WH officials (like the Director for Climate Change, deputy Press Secretary, etc.) we get to ask about. 

So if you have any questions feel free to pump them out, and I’ll try to get them answered! 

I mean, there’s always the usual topics: Health Care, TPP, Global Aid, GME, human rights, etc. 

Med school “woes”

I just wrote an email to my clerkship director that contained the words, “Unfortunately, I’ve been invited to the White House to do <blah blah> during <so and so dates>…” 

There’s something about that statement that seems a wee bit off. Med school has definitely changed my definitions of fortunate and unfortunate. 

Oh, and remember that post when I found the Executive Office of the White House visited my blog? I found out why!!  More details to be had soon if everything goes through. ;) 

I am a political candidate…

From now on I’m going to answer every question like a presidential candidate.

What are you doing this weekend?

That’s a great question—-and an important one. And I WILL do something this weekend. But let me take a step back and answer a broader question: What are we all doing this weekend? As a nation? As a world? This weekend, I will do something comprehensive and robust, yet fun. We all should.

But what are you doing?

What I’m gonna do involves three things. First, it’s gonna be relaxing. Second, it’s gonna be enjoyable. And, lastly, I’m gonna make sure that its cost-effective and I don’t go into a deficit. Four weeks ago, I said I’d do something—-and I did. This weekend will be no different.

I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, ‘My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.’ It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.

Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wright (via nedhepburn)

Actual source below:

Doug Wright wrote in response to a friend’s facebook post after Max von Essen’s (of the broadway revival, Evita) rockstar letter on equal rights.

(Source: abloodymess)

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