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Another False Attack Deals with Dr. Gonzalez’s Efforts at Defending Your Healthcare.
As a member of the Florida Orthopaedic Society’s Executive Committee, Dr. Gonzalez traveled to Washington, D.C. once a year to meet with Florida’s Congressional Delegation about key health care issues. Those visits included fundraiser meetings where the leaders of the Florida orthopaedics community would spend extra time with key Congressional leaders, early in the morning of the yearly Capitol Hill Day, and before the opening of the legislative activities for the day.
In 2008 and 2009, in light of the changing of the leadership of the House of Representatives to Democratic hands, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons encouraged the various state societies to make an effort to engage democratic lawmakers. In 2008, the Florida Orthopaedic Society was able to arrange a meeting with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and in 2009, with Congressman Alan Boyd. Needless to say, the efforts at engaging these two Democrats failed.
As an elected leader of the Florida orthopaedic community, Dr. Gonzalez participated in these meetings and consequently, first came face to face with the deplorable quality of legislators that shape our nation’s laws. Consequently, Dr. Gonzalez realized that the only way to counteract this trend is for good people, ones with impeccable qualifications and not career politicians, to run for office and secure these seats. Someday, Dr. Gonzalez realized, with his unique background as a principled conservative, physician, small business owner and veteran, he too would have run for office.
Gonzalez continued to participate in the yearly events, but as a more senior member of the Executive Committee was able to arrange for fundraisers in Washington D.C. for Congressman Vern Buchanan. His participation in these yearly meetings to defend our healthcare ended due to Dr. Gonzalez’s commitment to pursuing his legal education.
The 2009 Review of Dr. Gonzalez’s Book by then Florida Medical Association President