• Ann Romney Would Focus on Disease Relief as First Lady

    I admit it can be tempting to do nothing but poke fun at politicians, but every once in a while you've got to take a step back and poke… something other than fun.

    Ann Romney — who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer — says that, as First Lady, she would make a project of raising awareness of/promoting research for those diseases

    Romney was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and although she has had periods of more severe symptoms, she now says most of her symptoms are in remission and she uses horseback riding as a form of therapy…

    She was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in January of 2009 and that is also in remission after treating it at the time with radiation…

    "One thing [my diagnoses have] done to me its taught me how many people are going through difficult times in their life," Romney said.

    I'm happy for Ann. I think she would be an excellent First Lady, and I'm glad she's in better health. But what about the small percentage of people who can't afford to ride Olympic-caliber horses as a form of therapy? Or those few women whose families don't have personal fortunes available to spend on chemotherapy? Do they have anything to say about health care reform?

    "What I hear from women, they are talking about jobs, they are talking about the economy, they are talking about deficit spending," Romney said before her husband spoke.

    Right. I didn't think so.

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    Tags: Animals, Ann Romney, Health, Health Care


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