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FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN / Open Letter to the Future Predident / Editorial List

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Gary Barg

An Open Letter to the Future President of the United States

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 leadership. 

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 support.

Madam/Mr. President, during these next two weeks we will host Fearless Caregiver Conferences in a wide variety of communities as Tampa  Davie, Melbourne and 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.


Gary Barg
Gary Barg

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