Politicos go low-profile with AMA appearances
What do you call a party where the popular kids go but they don’t want anyone to know they’re there? An American Medical Association meeting, apparently.
At the AMA Advocacy Conference last week in Washington, the trend continued where high-profile guests show up at AMA functions, but don’t tell anyone about it. You may remember we wrote of an earlier AMA get-together that attracted the U.S. surgeon general and two GOP congressmen with nary a bit of social media noise to announce the presence (Nov. 21, 2011, p. 36).
The trend continued at a Feb. 14 event, where speakers included CNN commentator and former presidential adviser David Gergen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-ariz.) and CMS acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. None mentioned on their websites or in Twitter messages their appearances, though—to be fair—it should be noted that Kyl, the GOP Senate whip, hasn’t tweeted since July 25. Gergen is much more active than Kyl on Twitter, but didn’t use that vehicle to mention his visit either. The next “upcoming appearance” promoted on the homepage of Gergen’s website is a Feb. 8 date in Boston.
Kyl’s website had several recent news releases and columns posted, but none mentioned his AMA gig. The CMS website and Twitter account did not publicize Tavenner’s visit either.
The next day, newsman Bob Schieffer and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (RTenn.), a physician who chairs the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, reportedly showed up. But you wouldn’t know about this by looking at their Twitter pages @Drphilroe or @bobschieffer. Roe also has a website and Facebook page, but neither mentioned his visit with the AMA.