Celebrating our DC experience

Dr. Rosen poses for a picture with Senator Leahy, Zeb and his parents, and Amy DeLong

Meeting with the staffers, Representatives and Senators gave me real insight into how government works and a much greater appreciation of just how fortunate we are to live in a country and an era such as ours.

In much of the world, and throughout most of human history, rulers were people best avoided who mostly abused their subjects without any consideration for their needs or well being.

In contrast, all of those we met with yesterday listened intently to what we had to say, asked questions which demonstrated a clear grasp of the issues and a desire to understand exactly what the problems were so that they could help bring about improvements in those areas (funding for training programs in pediatric subspecialties to address the growing shortages, reducing what drug companies can charge for certain medications, and continuing funding for Medicaid, which insures 30% of our hospital’s patients).

The simple fact that ordinary citizens such as ourselves were able to walk into the offices of some of the most powerful people in the land, talk about matters that are important to us, and be listened to is something to be celebrated and cherished.

— Dennis Rosen, MD

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