Why is Political Activism needed?
Mark Twain summed it up in that one statement, and we need to take it seriously!
This is why more help is needed from Florida’s Licensed Acupuncture professionals, the patients who use the medicine, and those that want to see the integrity of the medicine preserved. We need to PROTECT the practice of Oriental Medicine in our state.
A voice must be heard in every House and Senate district office in Florida so they understand that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a part of the healthcare system in Florida.
Imagine the political clout we could build if every Florida legislator had a practitioner and a consumer, they personally knew from their home office. They need to know who you are and bring a patient that would be willing to share their experience. If each of us did this 2 to 4 times per year; we would collectively change how we are known.
Currently, we are barely known. This is because a profession with thousands of licensees, leaves it up to a few committed practitioners to do all the political work. This method only works if there is $1million dollars in a political activism fund. Otherwise, it takes a grass-roots effort in every community. This is why the public also needs to be involved.
Our public relations must change on a state level and on a national level if Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is properly integrated in our healthcare system. This needs to be accomplished through an education campaign.
The biggest problem is nobody, including lawmakers, know anything about how to integrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine into our healthcare system. If they don't know anything about our discipline, how can they protect the integrity of Oriental Medicine?
They don't know that we are regulated and licensed as a form of Primary Healthcare in Florida.
They don't know that millions of Americans seek out our services.
Our lawmakers need to know that they represent practitioners and patients that live in their districts!
They need to know that our profession is part of the business community in their district and that we provide jobs, tax revenue and essential services to their constituents.