Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service & responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in & work harder & look after..each other.

From the Arthritis Foundation Chief Public Policy Administrator:
New Obama Administration

Last week, many of you contacted me to let us know you saw Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama discuss on national television and on multiple networks the ravages of rheumatoid arthritis. (To view the arthritis vignette, click here and advance 7 ½ minutes: http://capwiz.com/arthritis/utr/1/HLULJKQVEP/AGNMJKQWEX/2592515241).
Through the heart breaking story of Larry and Juanita Stuart from Ohio, we are witness to this devastating disease and the challenges of accessing and paying for the necessary care to treat it.
The Arthritis Foundation cannot endorse any candidate for office but we can reach out to campaigns with information. Earlier this week, we sent the attached letter to now President-Elect Barack Obama. The Arthritis Foundation will be working with the new Administration, and with the new Congress, on policies and legislation that will expand access to comprehensive health care to include preventive care, self-management programs, surgical interventions, rehabilitation services, and prescription medications for people with arthritis. We must work together, and with other like-minded organizations, at improving the care for people with arthritis.
It truly was a watershed moment for people with arthritis to be featured on national television by a candidate running for our nation’s highest office. We plan on using this opportunity with President-Elect Obama and his new Administration to engage in substantive policy and advocacy work on behalf of the 46 million people, including nearly 300,000 children with arthritis.

Amy Melnick
Chief Public Policy Officer
Arthritis FoundationNational Office
2011 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 610Washington, DC 20006
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States.