Thursday, May 19, 2022

political impact of consolidation…

Wade Bader, CPO

I was involved with the push for licensure in Florida…. During our fight,

we found that ABC offered their help by attending hearings and endorsing our

positions. AAOP offered moral support and documentation… AOPA had no

interest in our cause…

It was very evident that there are differences in the objectives of the three

organizations, our state officials analyzed and recognized the motives of all

groups presenting information and suggestions on the formulation of our

practice act. Not just ABC, AOPA, and AAOP, but also DME, Podiatry,

Chiropractic, Pt’s, Pharmacists, BOC, Ot’s even hearing aids, eyeglasses,

Dentists… you name it, they were there… The fact that we presented our

data without mixing product with practice made for a significantly more

legitimate argument for regulation…

I cant help but think this same rational holds true in national politics….

Example: We need more $$ for education, if we present as a consolidated

group, we become the “salesmen” for the manufacturers (in the eyes of the

politico’s). They will be less inclined to recognize the profession, and more

inclined to see our causes as self serving for the “business” of P & O…

that my friends, I assure you, is a place we don’t want to be…. I would

also be inclined to think that this same sentiment will be universal on any

issue we present either on a state or national level…. In politics, the

appearance of a conflict of interest is just as significant as the real

deal… they don’t care what we think about ourselves… just how we look to

the outside world!!! that’s the reality of politics.

can we risk this???

for the sake of saving money????

the political downside potential here should not be underestimated!!!

food for thought,

Wade Bader, CPO

Tampa, FL


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