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A Letter To Ann Romney, Question: What Does A Poor Woman With MS To Do For Therapy? Answer: http://lnkd.in/9nEJDp

Answer: Tie A Sled Dog Team To The Front Of Her Bicycle And Yell "Giddiup!" And More Importantly, Would She Get A Tax Deduction?

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  1. 1. To Ann Romney,Question: What Does A Poor Woman With MS To Do For Therapy?Answer: Tie A Sled Dog Team To The Front Of Her Bicycle And Yell "Giddiup!" AndMore Importantly, Would She Get A Tax Deduction?About Ann Romney’s—And Other MS Victims’—Darkest Hour (those who havehealthcare insurance, those who have very high deductibles, and those who may lose theirjobs and be unable to get new healthcare insurance or a dressage horse:A headline on ABC News’ website, about an interview there with Ann Romney, is “MittRomneys Wife, Ann, Calls MS Diagnosis My Darkest Hour.”Unquestionably, that was a dark hour for her, and one that anyone can empathize with.And, yes, it’s great that dressage helps her regain some of the ability to balance she lostdue to her MS.But here’s my question to Ann Romney and her husband: How much darker an hour doesshe think it is for someone who’s given that diagnosis and either has no healthcareinsurance or has a very high deductible, or who now dearly fears the loss of his or herjob, either because of the health problem or for other reasons, and who, for resultingfinancial reasons or preexisting-condition reasons—or both—may never again havehealth insurance if the ACA is repealed? Or be able to get a dressage horse.I don’t think Obama, the DNC or Americans should shy away from asking this question.Or from doing an ad in which someone in exactly that position asks it.The DNC has apologized for using Ann Romneys London Olympics-bound horse in anattack targeting her husband.It is claimed that Democrats had used the dressage horse to illustrate its claim that thepresumptive GOP nominee was "dancing around the issue" of his decision not to releasehis tax returns. (Dressage is a dance-like sport, but on a horse. Get it?)The problem? Ann Romney uses the horse for therapy related to her multiple sclerosis.For what its worth, the dressage horse, named Rafalca, apparently gets the Romneys arather hefty tax credit. (Literally, $77,000 a year.)Does owning horses or houses somehow make you a bad presidential candidate?That depends on how you got the money to buy the several dressage horses, each worthseveral hundred thousand dollars, and to buy the several houses, each worth severalmillion dollars. And on such things as whether or not you paid the full amount of taxes
  2. 2. you owed, or instead hid or misrepresented the value of the assets in offshore accounts,including offshore IRA accounts, in order to evade taxes or even to avoid taxes usinglegal means available only to the very wealthy. And whether your proposed tax policies,such as reducing yet again taxes on the wealthy, would benefit you (the candidate)extensively, to the detriment of a large percentage of the public.As for Ann Romney’s MS (what doctor(s) can actually confirm this?) and dressagetherapy, it was Romney herself, not the DNC, that raised the issue, by going on televisionand responding to the DNC ad by telling everyone that she uses the Olympic horse fortherapy. (She has several substitute horses when that horse is training or in, say, Londonfor a competition. She didn’t mention that, though, I guess.) She also said that the MSdiagnosis was her darkest hour.Her husband is running for president partly on a platform of repealing the ACA(Obamacare), including the provision that requires insurance companies to accepteveryone regardless of preexisting medical conditions, and, of course, the provisions thatprovide for expansion of Medicaid and for subsidies for premiums for some others.You say that we need more awareness and research so we can actually understand whatcauses this disease and how to treat it with something better than a 33% success rate.By the way, has anyone actually seen or heard Ann Romney do any TV or radio spots or“walks” where she is actually promoting an awareness of this serious issue?In this country, unlike in every other advanced industrialized democracy in the world,medical advances can be made use of here only by those who have access to employee-benefit medical insurance (hopefully, we’ll fix this also). She’s obviously among them.But not everyone else with MS or another debilitating chronic illness can do this.I’ll call Kaiser Permanente asap to find out if I am diagnosed with MS whether or not Ican purchase (and claim as a business tax deduction like Romney) an “Olympic gradeDressage” horse as part of my therapy.Id also like to note that under Romneys proposed tax and budget cuts, which areextreme, there would be virtually no federal funds for medical research, either to theuniversities or to the NIH. So if youre someone who places a high value on medicalresearch—and I suspect that most people do—this is no small matter to consider whendeciding whether Romney is a bad candidate or not.Isn’t it true that the only person allowed to ride the animal (Rafalca) would be the athletewho is actually competing with it -- not even another trainer or rider. Otherwise, itcompromises the performance?The Romneys have quite a number of dressage horses, as I understand it. The ones sherides are not the ones in competition, I guess.
  3. 3. Question: How many dressage horses does she need for her therapy? They have three orfour homes--so why do they need more than three or four healthy dressage horses at anyone time?Hmmm. Since it appears that the horse for the Olympics is not the horse for the therapy,it seems like the Romneys have artfully dodged the attack with an irrelevant plea forsympathy.Most people without healthcare insurance miss the dignity of having to use a dressagehorse to treat MS and which is bound for the Olympics. Maybe Mitt will mandatedressage horses along with the dignity to work to escape welfare.While I have sympathy and concern for MS victims, most deal with far less, and stillmust work which Ms. Romney may have escaped all of her life.How many MS victims actually get this level of equine therapy?I believe she should be doing some type of Hippo Therapy, which requires uniquecharacteristics not necessarily found in a dressage horse. You want some spirit in adressage horse but that could potentially be dangerous to a patient.We need to speak out. People need to "get it". I want the candidate to show the concernand empathy for non-rich, non-horsey suffers of tragic diseases. I dont owe the candidateany hesitance based on his wifes (supposedly and undocumented) tragic situation.I resent the attempt to send "sympathizers" around the Internet and media outlets toexpress "me too" outrage.Believe me, to the average person facing such a disease, the policies of the candidateMUST be expressed as they relate to all who will suffer and be victimized by mean anti-American intentions such as the Ryan budget, ACA repeal, and other attempts to turnworkers into disposable resources.(See: “A Reasonably Balanced Reporting of a Typical Romney Bain PrivateEquity Deal: http://tinyurl.com/7l9vpz9)Saying that it is the height of being disingenuous for the Romneys to claim all of theirequine expenses as being MS/disease related. Like so many other welfare queens of wallstreet the Romneys have an over sized sense of entitlement.Anns horsies are fair game, until all Americans, not just the wealthy have access to thehealth care they need why should they get tens of thousands of dollars of tax relief.By the way, only the 1%....or maybe the 5%, have the wherewithal to actually own thehorses they use for therapy.And no, Ann Romney hasnt drawn needed attention to MS. MS is one of the most
  4. 4. common neurological diseases. Famous people with MS include Richard Pryor, BarbaraJordan, Annette Funicello, Montel Williams, David "Squiggy" Lander, Alan & DavidOsmond, Donna Fargo, Teri Garr, Clay Walker, Neil Cavuto, Joan Didion and manymore. And there are many celebrities whose relatives have MS, like Gloria Estefansfather. MANY of these celebrities have devoted themselves to awareness, raising moneyfor MS treatment & research, etc.Gloria Estefan, among her many MS-related activities, actually does MS Walks -- youthink that doesnt bring attention and raise LOTS of money?Clay Walker, multi-platinum country singer, formed Band Against MS, a nonprofitdevoted to providing assistance for people with MS, providing educational information &raising money for research. He did a Nashville concert to raise money for MS research.Many of the above are/have been MS Ambassadors for the MS Society, and so muchmore.I wonder if we can count on similar devotion to the cause from “Ann” or itll always beall about her.And now isnt the time to be out there stumping for another cause, (campaign assistance)particularly given the need to take care of herself so as not to exacerbate the disease.Well see in the future -- I know what my bets are on.And, frankly, while I do empathize with Ann Romneys emotional reaction to the(supposedly and undocumented) diagnosis, all sympathy is lost when she makes hergrand pronouncements about "those people," when so many have to fight for medicalcare and so many go without and when her husband/candidate for president doesnt give acrap about other people with MS, those who will be devastated by his drastic cuts toMedicare, Medicaid and research devoted to finding the cause, care and maybe evendown the road a cure for MS and other devastating neurological diseases.And then theres his promise to repeal the ACA....which would mean on a personal levelthat I stop being a paying health insured citizen and instead go to getting whateverfreebies I can get as long as they hold out.....I have every right to revile both Ann &Willard Romney. And frankly, what a stupid move on his part -- it belies his claim to bein favor of fiscal responsibility -- I would then be forced to being dependent on others forwhatever charity theyll give.And the Congressional Budget Office agrees....it would be a lame-brained move -- itsanalysis indicated repealing the law would cause a net increase in federal deficits of $210billion from 2012 - 2021.Maybe someone can figure out how we can get this in an “op-ed form” and offer it to theNew York Times. If the Times isn’t interested, Slate might be. They publish freelancepieces too.
  5. 5. I just want also to point out that Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS in the mid-1990s,so she’s not new to the matter. I assume that she and her husband donate large amountsregularly to MS research, but they’d have to donate a far larger percentage of their wealthto MS research (not to mention research for other debilitating diseases) to compensate forthe amount of federal funds Romney for medical research that Romney wants to cut.Also, most people who use hippotherapy don’t own the horses the use; they go to a stableand rent one of the trained horses periodically.It would be nice to see this in an ad for Obama.If Mitt Romney really doesn’t believe that that type of information—given the highprobability of the use of extreme mechanisms for major tax avoidance or actual taxevasion, and the remarkable metastasizing of that IRA (suggesting the clear possibilitythat Romney simply lied about the value of assets he put in the account, especially sincehe has not disputed speculation that that is what he did)—then that alone disqualifies himto be president, in my opinion.By the way, this would not be the first time Mr. Romney got “creative” with taxavoidance getting the attention of both the IRS and the Dept. of Justice: See: ““RomneyPersonally Approved Over $70 Million In Fictional Losses To The IRS AsPart Tax Scandal. One Of The Largest Tax Avoidance Schemes InHistory.”: http://tinyurl.com/8nejx9w”