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    Millennial urologists display a political awakening

    An uncertain health care climate seems to have aroused new interest in health policy

    Alan L. Kaplan, MD

    Dr. Kaplan is a urologist and fellow in Healthcare Strategy and Leadership at UCLA Health, Los Angeles.

    Yes, you read the headline right. I said “millennial urologists.” It’s a thing; let’s proceed.

    In an effort to understand “the other side,” I have spent my fellowship year immersed in health system operations and administration. During this cross-pollinating education, I have astutely ascertained that physicians and hospital administrators do not always see eye to eye. So when the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) both came out in opposition to the GOP’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), it was thought provoking at the very least.

    I have no interest in partisan commentary here, and the merit of the AMA/AHA opposition is immaterial. What I did find noteworthy, however, was my millennial colleagues’ atypically vociferous response to the proposed health care bill. Since the AHCA was introduced, my online network of millennial urologists has been abuzz with commentary. Through email listservs, text messages, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages (I don’t do Instagram), I have been inundated this past week with peers’ electronic health policy musings. 

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    A junior faculty in Atlanta posted a breakdown of the AHCA’s expected economic impact by socioeconomic status. A health services research fellow in Los Angeles posted an article proposing a California-led individual mandate. A colleague in Michigan provided an analysis of the expected effect on the MACRA legislation of 2015. And a friend in residency posted a video of Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s (D-MA) floor speech aimed at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

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