FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Open Letter to the Future Predident /
Dear (Madam/Mr.) President.
I have sent a version of this letter to each of
your predecessors since the 1996 election.
Congratulations on winning election to the highest
office in the land. As you well know, our already
divided nation was tested to its limits during this
seemingly endless campaign season and I sincerely
hope that you are dedicated to taking immediate and
honest steps to bring us together under your
Madam/Mr. President, if I may be so bold as to make
suggestions, I vehemently urge you to pay attention
to the needs of a huge and under-appreciated voting
bloc, 66.7 million strong - the family caregiver.
Mr./Madam President, the true burden of the American
healthcare system has been unfairly placed squarely
upon the shoulders of these heroes on a daily basis.
If all family caregivers went on strike today, you
would have to find almost one half Trillion dollars
each and every year to replace the work we do for
our loved ones for no salary and with little
Madam/Mr. President, during these next two weeks we
will host Fearless Caregiver Conferences in a wide
variety of communities as
Miami Florida as well as
Hot Springs Arkansas. At these events, our
attendees cover the range of the political spectrum,
Republicans, Democrats and non-affiliated.
What I can tell you is that even in these tumultuous
political times, their role as family caregivers
have always been what I like to call, the great
equalizer. Nothing defines these citizens better
than being loving caregivers in need of support and
willing to share their own wisdom with one another.
As you take office, I know that we will stand behind
you in these troubled times, but we also need you to
stand behind us and our loved ones. We will be
watching you and the Congress closely as Medicare,
drug re-importation, medical research, and tax
relief for caregivers are being decided and we will
be sharing our feelings and findings with our fellow
caregivers. We will also take careful notice
of your actions as we once again enter the polling
booths in four short years.