A real difference?
Then get involoved.
On a recent trip to Des Moines, I spent much of a day discussing various issues with Legislators.
I found them universally receptive, interested in my clinical perspective. I think the liegislators don't want to fail.
Clearly, though, they will without us.
I'd recommend the following:
You're headed to Des Moines and you have (or can add) a morning or afternoon open. Contact IMS, Kate Walton (email@example.com). Give her your schedule, area of expertise and interests. She will supply you with mock up of bills and positions of IMS related to them. Review the material and discuss your views with Kate; she will help you refine them. She will also guide you around to visits at the Capitol.
It is important that you represent your own self and your patients. It is not necessary or even that useful that you parrot IMS positions; the legislators have those papers.
Instead tell why this bill, this position makes a difference.
Tell other ideas you have that may work; be part of the solution. (Hint: Vet your ideas with Kate to ensure they do not create another conflict.)
It is surprising how well you will be heard. Instead of making a difference one patient at a time, you can affect 1000's at a time. You may well prevent the next legislative disaster to boot!