Yesterday during lunch time, I spoke to a small group of very bright medical students at the University of North Texas' College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
I love medical students.
They are so bright, focused and generally wide-eyed to their ever expanding world of learning and work, at least the ones who ask me to speak fit such a description.
After every meeting like the one I enjoyed yesterday, I come away feeling so encouraged about the level of care that will be available in the coming years.
I am also impressed with the social conscience of the students with whom I meet. Again this may be a function of the groups who invite me to meet with them.
Whatever the case, these young people (forgive me, I almost said "kids") care about justice, compassion and equity when it comes to their chosen field of work.
It is clear these young doctors aren't on their chosen path primarily for the money. They want to be healers and they want to see healing extended to everyone in as equal a fashion as possible.
They worry about health care and health outcomes disparities.
They are concerned to live sound, just lives. They want their medical practices to be built and conducted with these values in full view.
They are wide open to a single-payer, national health care plan because they understand that extending better health to more Americans, even to all Americans, benefits everyone.
They aren't phased by lobbyists. They want to see the nation do what is right by its weakest and poorest citizens.
They also see that doing what is right for more people also makes good sense economically in our exploding, never-to-go-back, one-world economy.
I keep hoping that these young doctors will step up, take the wheel and guide our nation into a better way of doing health promotion, health care and disease control for everyone, regardless of income levels or ability to pay.
I'll confess, I'm trying to encourage every last one of them to become agitators!
This calls to mind something Frederick Douglass, ex-slave and Abolitionist, once wrote:
"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."