M.D.'s Letter to a Dynamic Duo of
Stephen B. Strum, MD, FACP
July 29, 2019
Senator Harris and Mayor Buttigieg,
Anglo, 76, a physician, and a Vietnam veteran.
easily envision you running for President and Vice-President in 2020.
The two of you are level-headed and clear-thinking. This could be the breath
of fresh air that most Americans want.
My suggested motto for you would be Make America Proud Again.
sure, Trump and Republicans have left us embarrassed at being
Americans. If Trump is re-elected, it will be the death knell for
Democracy in the USA. I will push hard to get my wife to agree to
leave the USA. I and others do not wish to be on a sinking ship, and a
soulless and rotten one at that.
I have always voted for the individual and not the party. However,
given the frightening pathology of both Trump and the Republican
party, I am about to change this. But I do have concerns with
the Democratic party that need to be voiced.
is broken in this country in so many ways.
- Granting healthcare "access" will do
just that: grant access. It will not deliver more than
mediocre healthcare at best.
- There is a shortage of physicians and healthcare
personnel. There is horrible accessibility of the patient to his or
her physician. We need to dramatically increase the numbers of
physicians graduating medical school, along with nurses and
other healthcare personnel.
- We need to alter the orientation of the goals
of healthcare to patient outcome and NOT physician or hospital
income. Reimbursement needs to focus on resolution of illness, not
perpetuation of disease.
- We can easily lower the cost of medicines through
competition by creating a new health-related enterprise, one that
employs thousands and is closely monitored for quality control.
I would call it "Medicines Without Borders."
is our ethical and "ethnical" duty to proceed with impeachment,
despite knowing it will be vetoed by the Republican-dominated Senate.
We, the people,
want to see the Democrats not only take a stand, but to stand up and fight
for our rights, ethics, and principles. This is not a time in history
to tip-toe through the tulips.
and millions of others, will be angry with the Democratic candidates if they
waste our time by bickering about past events in the long political life of
Joe Biden. I do not want to see Biden as president. I want to see
major changes made in this country, and not middle-of-the-road politics,
which is what I expect from Biden.
Please, do not focus on the early polling stats and on Biden, but instead
stand out and speak to the issues. Win the hearts and minds of the
American citizenry. Do not fall prey to bickering and casting judgment
within the party. The people are sick of name-calling. We want to
stand proud again.
hope that the candidates are whittled down after the upcoming debates so that
more in-depth time is spent detailing how the key issues will be
Consider the acronym “WEIGH IN,” for this is what we must do at this critical
juncture in our history. It is time to weigh in about Woman’s Rights, Education, Immigration, Gun control, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Nature (planetary health).
WEIGH IN is not meant to present the key issues in the order of
priority. For me, as a physician/scientist, planetary health (Nature) is our
I can think of a number of ways for the USA to lead the world in helping to
safeguard our Planet:
- Make the purchase of an all-electric car completely
tax-deductible (split the deduction between Federal Income and State
Income Tax). This will boost the automobile industry, engender
competition among auto makers (and perhaps truck makers), restart
America as a major exporter of the motor vehicle, and create millions of
- Make solar a huge tax break for the same reasons.
- Create water pipelines from the major rivers that
flood each year and create a new Great Lakes in the deserts of the
USA. This will alleviate
flooding, will save billions of dollars lost each year along with
precious lives, and will provide water for restoring drought-ridden areas.
There should be enough water for a new industry providing organic
fruits and vegetables, home-grown here in the USA. This will greatly
enhance the health of our nation.
those who I have interfaced with want to see a focus on legacy, unity
and vision. This is the new LUV (Legacy, Unity, Vision) we need in
America Proud Again
Stephen B. Strum, MD, FACP
Nevada City, California