As strident as midterm election politics were this year, and whatever your political stripe, you’ll probably be pleased to hear that the US House of Representatives will have its first PA in office when the 122nd Congress convenes this January. With PA training and advocacy experience, and support from the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Democrat Karen Bass, a California state assemblywoman from Los Angeles was elected to the 33rd congressional district with an impressive 86% of the vote. Bass has a distinguished record of health care advocacy, including work on improving the physician-PA team practice in California. Most exciting for the blog’s purposes is Ms. Bass’s service as a clinical instructor for the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program.
Consider for a moment the timing: with health care reform waiting to be implemented, Ms. Bass’s presence could help accomplish great things with a bill that is sure to undergo significant changes in the next year when it reaches the new House Committee on Appropriations.
If you are new to the field, or hope to be soon, you may just want practice medicine. But my strong recommendation is to get informed and involved. (If you read this blog, I’d say you’re the type to be informed already. The following MSNBC interview shows her priorities for her first term. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVPNJa_UW3c[/youtube]
Thanks to my UCD classmate Lucas for calling this to my attention!