warning: failure to vote can be hazardous to your child's health

Like me, you are probably sick and tired of the numerous negative ads on TV and radio for the presidential candidates. And you are tiered of picking up the phone to listen to a representative from the RNC or DNC urging you to vote for their candidate. You might be scared of what could happen if the “other” candidate wins.

This is a high stakes election for many reasons. I am not going to tell you HOW to vote, just that you MUST VOTE. I am distressed that there was no discussion of issues affecting the health of children by the presidential candidates. Therefore, you need to make you voice heard. The way to begin is to vote. Then you can urge the winner to do the right thing by and for our children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics this year has spent much effort on getting out the vote, because it is critical to the health and well-being of the children of today and tomorrow. Issues such as making Medicaid equal to Medicare in payments for physicians, thus securing access to care for millions of kids are not often debated or even considered.

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AAP Charlie is urging you to vote. Kids can’t vote, but you CAN and you must. Our slogan is:

”I care for Kids and I vote”

Do YOU care for or about Kids?

If so, then SHOW IT, AND GO VOTE.

Recent Comments

I vote my conscience, and for that reason I could not vote for either of the two major candidates. I refuse to compromise my principles.

Thanks for adding that, Heather.

You are right. Sometimes it makes us feel good to bypass the major party candidates to vote for an independent or a write-in candidate. In this year's presidential election that would be either the libertarian candidate or Virgil Goode, beloved by many in SW Virginia. However, since neither of those candidates has any chance of winning. voting for them will not yield an outcome that will help anyone. As hard as it might be, come to grips with the major candidate who comes closest to reflecting your beliefs and priorities. For me, that means that I cannot find one candidate who meets all of my criteria. However, I go with the person who speaks to me in the area in which I am most passionate, and that is child health and well-being. The rest goes on hold. Do not refuse to vote because you are frustrated, angry or afraid. Make sure you send the major party candidates a message. They WILL listen. They have to.

And make your vote count. Writing in does not make your vote functional. Grrr.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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