Dear BUHealth friends, alumni, students and colleagues.
Like most of the people I know, I am immensely saddened by the results of the US presidential elections, which have elected Donald Trump as president and elected republicans to run both houses of congress.
My view is that hate and party loyalty won out in the end over any reasoned comparisons of the two presidential candidates.
I hope to try harder to understand the views of the those who voted for Donald Trump and why they fell for such a clever salesman.
A good place to start is to reread the blogs I posted by and about Scott Adams who alone was consistently supporting and predicting the victory of Donald Trump for over a year. Sadly, Adams was right and the rest of us, driven by incorrect polling predictions, were wrong.
Austin Frakt (at TheIncidentalEconomist.com) has already posted a very useful blog on what health reforms and directions are mostly likely under Donald Trump. It is linked here if you are interested or if you are asked to discuss this with your family or colleagues..
I am lucky that I live and work in a state and occupation that hopefully will not experience the brunt of the pain that I predict is ahead.
Some people may take solace in the fact that Marijuana was legalized for possession, home growing, and recreational use in Massachusetts starting this December 15 2016 (although not to be legally sold in dispensaries for another year).
I for one plan to try to add to our sadly lacking civility by calling him Donald Trump, or president-elect Trump, rather than simply Trump.