Why We Report Politics
Written by Editor   
Monday, August 08, 2016 12:00 AM

“Let’s keep politics out of it.” 

During the electoral season and the commencement of the congressional and state legislative sessions this is sometimes the complaint that we hear within our professional associations.  The lament is that the profession should not be discussing politics, but rather should stick only to professional issues.

We don’t serve our readers well if we ignore the simple fact that government determines, licenses, regulates, and reimburses our profession. We can better serve our profession by bringing coverage of issues pertaining to politics.  It is of benefit to our profession to pay attention to the politics of the decision makers, legal enforcers, and payment determiners.  To not do so is folly.

Ever since the passage of Medicare – followed by Medicaid – it has been impossible to separate medicine from congressional politics, because decisions made by the overseers at those programs (first called the Health Care Financing Administration, now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) affect medical and chiropractic practice every day, in every setting

In Texas, ever since the passage of the first valid Chiropractic Act, it has also been impossible to separate chiropractic from state legislative politics because decisions by the various state agencies affect chiropractic practice every day, in every setting.

Let’s be aware of what is developing in the political arenas.  Your profession depends upon it.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Columns/FromtheEditors/59253