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May 01, 2012 8:58 AM When Health Care Is Personal … and Political

By Harold Pollack

I like Ann Romney. She strikes me as a charming, dignified, and tough advocate for her husband’s campaign. On Thursday, she appeared on Entertainment Tonight to discuss her experiences as a breast cancer survivor and her challenges arising from multiple sclerosis.

Mr. and Mrs. Romney might ponder why both the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society welcomed the passage of health reform.

The Romneys might also ponder why so many people whose lives have been altered by chronic disease and disability become passionate supporters of health reform. Some have directly experienced medical- economic hardship. Others have not faced the most punishing financial consequences. They merely see what happens to others, less-privileged, who face the same medical challenges with fewer resources.

Like Michael Tomasky, I’m dismayed that Mr. Romney chose a different course. Anyone who’s sat in those hospital waiting rooms with a very sick loved-one should know better.

Anyway, more by me here over at healthinsurance.org.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.