LOS ANGELES – Dr. Jerry Abraham is deeply familiar with many of the issues promising to drive the 2020 Presidential campaign: healthcare, insurance, immigration, and drug addiction.
“All this stuff is so pressing and real to my life because I chose this profession to help people, especially those in need or who are sick, and yet so often I feel like the system is designed to not let me do my job,” Dr. Abraham said while filling out paperwork for a truck driver to return to work.
Dr. Abraham says he spends 70 percent of his shift at a small clinic in downtown Los Angeles filling out forms in a backroom office.
“As you can imagine, I’ve got a gazillion patients waiting and a lot of paperwork to do,” Dr. Abraham said.
Before he went into medicine, Dr. Abraham got his Master’s in public health. He said the issue of healthcare is incredibly complicated.
“I don’t necessarily believe in an overnight solution, but I think we’re headed in a direction where everyone in our society will have access to healthcare and some sort of public or government program like Medicare as an option,” Dr. Abraham said.
Even though he supports a public option, Dr. Abraham considers himself a moderate.
“I think at the end of the day it’s all about compromise and what is practical not necessarily what is partisan, or polarizing or rhetoric. At the end of the day so much of that is just talk,” Dr. Abraham said.
For those reasons, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren caught his attention at the first Democratic Debates in June.
“She doesn’t come off as slimy or rhetoricy. She’s just an academic who has plans and has thought it through,” Abraham said.
He also likes Senators Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker as well as former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
“We need a woman or a Latino or someone of African America descent,” Dr. Abraham said.
He thinks this week could be a make-or-break moment for less experienced candidates, including author Marianne Williamson, though, he likes what she adds to the conversation.
“We need more love, less war, less hate,” Dr. Abraham said. “Clearly she’s right about that when it comes to Washington.”
Because while the Oval Office may be far from Los Angeles, it is ever present in the exam room when it comes to healing America.