As this article by Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the Times rightly reports, while some Democrat members of Congress spent their spring breaks back in conservative districts bracing for tea party assault, our region's representatives came back to the warm embrace of a fired-up, grateful public.
At least that was the vibe at last night's town hall/reception for Congressmen George Miller and John Garamendi in Martinez. It was triumphal, and happy. There was levity. Miller and Garamendi donned doctor's coats and stethoscopes (presented by Jane Garcia of La Clinica and Cheryl Johnson of Brookside clinic) and hammed it up for the crowd. It felt like election night when your candidate wins. It was genuine political fun.
Community clinics owe a big thanks to both Miller and Garamendi - not to mention Pelosi and Obama - for their work and votes on healthcare reform. We're set to double the number of patients we see (nationwide) over the next 5 years. We're set to hire more primary care docs who are benefiting from loan forgiveness programs that incentivise community work. We're set to build new sites and expand our current ones.
Who says Congress never gets anything done?