Obamacare, Botax, Collaboration
Every presidency is highlighted by certain events or initiatives, and my year as president was certainly memorable. My year just happened to be the year that the debate over Obamacare blossomed. To say that it was a busy year is an understatement. The AAFPRS became involved in multiple coalitions with various other medical and surgical societies in an effort to thwart the implementation of this new program. While we weren’t able to stop Obamacare, we were instrumental in stopping the proposed, “Botax,” cosmetic surgery tax. One of the unintended benefits of this process was the development of closer ties to our plastic surgery, oculoplastic, and dermatologic colleagues. These relationships have continued to strengthen over the ensuing years.
It was an extremely active year with two to three conference calls nightly for many months. The experience and support of our executive vice president, Steve Duffy, was invaluable in dealing with the inter-organizational and governmental red tape. However frenetic the year may have been, it was an incredible experience that I will continue to cherish for the rest of my life.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material