This physician biked across the country talking to people about the ACA

Paul Gordon, MD, a family medicine physician and professor of at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, spent three months riding his bike 3,255 miles to talk to people about the ACA, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star.

He was accompanied on part of the tour — which took him through Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington — by medical student Laurel Gray, his two children and his wife, Eve Shapiro, MD, according to the report. Dr. Gordon, who told the Arizona Daily Star he believes in universal healthcare, but was never a fan of the ACA, called the project the "Obamacare Listening Tour," because he went on the tour to listen, not talk about his ideas, according to the report.

While stopping to talk with people at convenience stores and other informal locations, he said he heard some misinformation and a lot of frustration with the government over the law.  

"At a minimum it informed me of people's understandings of health insurance and health in general," Dr. Gordon told the Arizona Daily Star. He said the listening practice helped inform his approach to being physician and a teacher. Read the full story here.

 

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