The first day in Boston was busy.
Got up early and wandered about the city. Generally pretty clean, people are friendly, architecture is unique.
Got to the conference and our new President Angela Gardener was speaking during the opening session. She is a very engaging speaker.
Watched Paul Begala’s opening address. I expected him to generate more controversy with his speach. Instead, he seemed subdued. He was entertaining, with many amusing anecdotes, but I thought his speech lacked substantive content. Kind of like sitting at a bar and talking politics. Entertaining, but I was looking for more.
Then I get back to the hotel and turn on the TV. Guess who is on CNN live. Right. Paul Baldyga. Same tie, too. It’s like some freaky Hitchcock film or something.
I have a friend that sits on the ACEP Council – which votes on resolutions and policies for the College. He told me that they did a poll of all the councilors asking whether health care was a right. Reportedly 49% of more than 300 physicians in the meeting believed that health care is a right.
That just amazes me. Then the thought just popped into my head. If health care really is a right, why don’t people who are refused health care file civil rights lawsuits against health care providers? If health care is a right in this country, those who don’t receive their right should have some recourse.
I sat through several lectures and the content was excellent. The quality of speakers at the conference has thus far been excellent. Thom Mayer is brilliant.
Met the Plaster family at the EP Monthly floor display. It looks like Mark – author of the Night Shift series – will start putting up some posts in the Call Room, too. Between ERP and Mark, I think I’m going to get muscled out on talent. Do have to admit that it was cool hearing someone mention what a great writer this “WhiteCoat” guy was while I was standing right there. Hopefully he didn’t see me kick the ground and say “aw shucks.”
Miss the family already. Junior WhiteCoat got in trouble in school and was hoping that I’d still bring him a souvenir.
Even got a cool picture of the Boston sunset.
Life is good.
Added bonus: My hotel is 1.5 blocks from a kickass Japanese restaurant. Sushi for dinner!