Monya De, MD MPH (Twitter: @medjournalist) practices internal medicine and integrative medicine in the Los Angeles Area. She graduated from Stanford University and the UC-Irvine School of Medicine, both with honors. She is a former embedded medical reporter with ABC News and has been nominated for multiple journalism awards. Her interests include health policy, health technology, and health education through the media.
Yes, white women voted for Trump in large numbers as well, but, across the country, the Republican leadership primarily relies on the votes of white men. For now, this is the group that is most powerful when it steps up.
It’s come to this: healthcare entities have so successfully bamboozled American consumers with their wacky bills and lack of pricing transparency, compounded with robbing middle-class Paul to pay uninsured Peter, that a chirpy contest for entrepreneurs—yes, a call for people to start an entire business to decode medical bills—is the best chance the American people have.
Not everyone can treat patients legally, and not everyone can hold a person’s life and future in their hands. That’s why we have medical schools and licensure fees and exams and state medical boards—to keep quacks and charlatans from hanging out a shingle.
Free clinics are wonderful and an important part of the fledgling healthcare infrastructure in economically struggling areas, but should not be necessary in a wealthy country. Americans deserve better.