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Monday, September 20, 2010

DIAGNOSIS: POLITICAL ANXIETY.RX

As you reflect on our challenges persuading lawmakers in Washington and Austin, think about how you can make an impact. The easiest and most cost-effective investment for increasing our legislative capital is your and your colleagues’ contributions to our political efforts. Your TMA dues help underwrite our hands-on lobbying efforts, but your TEXPAC contribution helps ensure that medicine-friendly candidates will serve as legislators. Need proof? Think about the difference between lobbying State Rep. Mark Shelton, MD (R-Fort Worth), and the man TEXPAC helped defeat: the author of the book Cheaper to Kill Than Maim: A Patient’s Guide to Medical Malpractice in Texas. You get the idea. The TMA Board of Trustees and the TEXPAC Board of Directors strongly encourage you and, in particular, all former TEXPAC physician members to rejoin TEXPAC and help attain our goal of 100-percent retention of last year’s members. We’re currently running at 70 percent, which is 10 percent better than our average going back to 2000. Go to www.texpac.org or call TEXPAC at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361. Call today but certainly before the 2010 membership dues cycle ends on Sept. 30. I want to personally extend my thanks and appreciation to the 1,025 TEXPAC members who’ve contributed every year for the past decade as well as this year’s 609 “rookie” contributors. Keep your streak going in 2011.

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