Monday Rx: Roe v. Wade, Gun Bill, Wage Increases, LACMA Board Meeting and 2022 Election Results

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Roe v. Wade Overturned

Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States generally protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, upended health care access for millions of women across this country, ruling that it no longer interprets the United States Constitution as protecting the right to abortion. Instead, in many states, policymakers, insurance companies, providers, and others will now have the power to decide when or whether a pregnant woman can seek the care she needs.

The Court’s decision will lead to an immediate ban on most abortions in a number of states, impacting not only abortion access but also access to contraception, counseling, and miscarriage and other important care. The impact of this will be felt most by those who already struggle to access health care, including those in low-income, underserved, and disinvested communities, as well as communities of color. 

California Attorney General Rob Bonta shared this statement:

"I won't lie – this is a big setback for reproductive freedom and the guaranteed right to the full range of reproductive care, including access to safe, legal abortion.

Abortion remains legal in California. And I can promise you today, tomorrow, and every single day to come that I will not stop fighting to protect and further codify these rights, because these decisions should be made by the people involved – not politicians, and not six Supreme Court justices. 

As long as I am attorney general, I will use the full force of the law and the full authority of my office to defend reproductive freedom. My opponent can't say the same: I am the only person in this race who has committed to protecting the full range of reproductive care. 

We must not back down now. California has been not just a symbol of progress but proof that it is possible, on legal protections for abortion and so many other issues. I am in this fight today and every day."

CMA President Issues Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Reversal of Roe v. Wade

California Medical Association (CMA) President Robert E. Wailes, M.D., issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning abortion rights:

“Today the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back the fundamental rights of Americans to receive evidence-based reproductive health care, and in doing so has put the lives and welfare of millions of women at risk.

The California Medical Association has long advocated for unencumbered access to reproductive health services and strongly believes that all personal medical decisions—including those around abortion—should be made by patients in consultation with their health care providers.

Today’s decision undermines decades of progress in health care for pregnant people, and we consider it a direct attack on the practice of medicine. 

We stand committed to doing all we can to protect the fundamental human right to access reproductive health services, including abortion and contraception, and we will work to end the criminalization of those services.”

View Statement Here

President Signs Gun Bill

President Biden on Saturday signed into law the first major gun safety legislation passed by Congress in nearly 30 years.

The signing comes just over a month after the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two adults. That attack came 10 days after a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket that killed 10 Black people.

"While this bill doesn't do everything I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives," Biden said just before signing the measure.

"Today, we say more than enough. We say more than enough," he added. "At a time when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential."

The legislation, which passed the House 234-193 Friday night following Senate approval Thursday, includes incentives for states to pass so-called red flag laws that allow groups to petition courts to remove weapons from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.

City Council Approves Ordinance to Raise Wage for Healthcare Workers to $25 an Hour

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage for people working at covered health care facilities in the city to $25 per hour.

The "Minimum Wage for Employees Working at Healthcare Facilities'' initiative, which was brought to the council through a successful petition drive, would raise the workers' minimum wage and have it adjusted annually to account for increases in the cost of living. 

What do you think? Learn more here.

LACMA Board of Directors Meeting

The LACMA board met last week and it was Dr. Jeffery Lee’s final meeting as president. Thank you Dr. Lee for a great year as you launched the Medical Practice Makeover Initiative, helped raise thousands of dollars to protect MICRA and so much more! Thanks to the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP) for sponsoring the meeting at the California Club as well!

2022 Election Results

Thank you so much to all those who voted in the 151st LACMA Elections!  

Below are the election results. We’d like to thank all the exceptional candidates for their leadership and extend our congratulations to those who were elected. We look forward to working with you this year!


President-Elect - Dr. Jerry Abraham

Treasurer – Dr. Po-Yin Samuel Huang

Secretary – Dr. Heather Silverman



District 1 Councilor – Dr. C Freeman

District 2 Councilor – Dr. Michael Cao

District 6 Councilor – Dr. Marc Mendes

District 7 Councilor – Dr. Kambiz Kosari

District 17 Councilor – Dr. Nancy Ellerbroek

SCPMG Councilor – Dr. Lisa Firestone

Councilors-at-Large – Dr. Robert Bitonte, Dr. Sion Roy, Dr. Richard Seidman

Resident/Fellow Councilor – Dr. Anna Yap

Alternate Resident/Fellow Councilor - Dr. Cecilia Leggett

Medical Student Councilor – Aileen Arevalo

Invitation to Employees Seeking to Be Promoted to Executive Positions, Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and Owners of Businesses Complimentary Workshop

This networking breakfast is geared toward Executive Positions, employees seeking to be promoted to Executive Positions, Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, and Owners of businesses that want to reach significant growth this year, sponsored by COSi, Cycle of Success Institute ( Feel free to bring 1-2 of your key decision-makers.

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Building a more profitable business with faster growth in today's competitive marketplace can be tough. That's why we created the COSi Lunch and Learn program. This fun, high-impact breakfast experience will empower your team to grow your company faster than ever before.

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During the session, you and your team will:

  • Brainstorm and then capture $100,000 - $1,000,000+ of bottom-and top-line opportunities within your businesses right now
  • Learn about advanced business tools, techniques, processes, and skills necessary to transform your company into a profitable high, growth business
  • The key drivers to make your company more attractive to potential buyers
  • Discover step-by-step how to get your business on the fastest path possible to growing sales, cash flow, and profitability, despite today’s economy
  • Learn how to empower your people to work together, growing sales and profitability
  • Gain proven steps to creating teamwork, quality, communication, and accountability 

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The event will allow for some great networking. Attendees will receive a free copy of the #1 Best Selling Business Book, “The Profit Pattern” by John Mautner, President/Founder of COSi. 


2 Events Available – Choose 1:

Cost: Free

Place: Four Points by Sheraton

Los Angeles Westside

5990 Green Valley Circle,

Culver City, California 90230

Date: June 28, 2022

Time: 9:00 am -11:00 am


Breakfast will be served. Seating is limited to only the first 30 companies.


Cost: Free 

Place: 2029 Century Park East, 

Concourse Level, Conference Room B

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 


 Breakfast will be served. Seating is limited to only the first 40 companies.

 RSVP to Noemi Corona at

Join Us as We Celebrate the 151st Installation of President and Officers

Join us as we install LACMA’s 151st President and Officers!


President – Omer Deen, MD, FACG, AGAF

President-Elect – Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ

Treasurer – Po-Yin Samuel Huang, MD

Secretary – Heather Silverman, MD


This event will be held in person at the Petersen Automotive Museum and will adhere to current health and safety guidelines.

Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm Reception | 7:30 pm Dinner


The Health Equity Imperative

We look forward to you joining and participating in this engaging virtual conversation. LACMA will host Elaine Batchlor, MD. MPH on July 18, 2022, at 6:00 pm.

This town hall will cover the following objectives:

  • List the essential elements of the Health Equity movement and how MLK Community Hospital sets its course for Health Equity.
  • Describe the state of the art in developing metrics and defining desired outcomes for Health Equity to promote quality, culturally competent services, and patient engagement.
  • Delineate a Health Equity vision for vulnerable populations and the providers who serve them.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the California Medical Association (CMA) CME Accreditation Standards through joint-providership of Garfield Medical Center and Los Angeles County Medical Association.

Garfield Medical Center is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Garfield Medical Center takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Garfield Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of ONE (1.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education. All faculties including presenters, planners and moderators have no financial disclosure.

Date: July 18, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm



"Remember, the greatest failure is to not try."

Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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