by Doug Ulman
The following blog was originally published last night on Doug’s Posterous Blog: http://livestrongceo.posterous.com
Tonight we witnessed history. As an advocate for the millions of family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and fellow Americans who have battled cancer, and those who will unfortunately be diagnosed with cancer in the future, I am thrilled that so many provisions critical to those individuals are included in this legislation.
Is this new piece of legislation perfect? Absolutely not.
Will it provide immediate benefit to millions of cancer survivors? Yes it will.
I am proud and honored to see such progress for my fellow cancer survivors.
On a personal note, I will benefit from this legislation as I will no longer face the very discrimination that so many of my fellow survivors face today. When I was diagnosed with cancer three times at the age of 19 I had no idea I would face discrimination based on my previous illness. That barrier has been removed tonight.
Young adults all across the country will benefit from the flexibility of being able to stay on their parent’s insurance plan until the age of 26. Children all across our nation will now have health insurance and their families will not live in fear of sickness that could cost them their lives and their financial future.
Politics aside, this piece of legislation will greatly improve the lives of those with cancer and that is what is important to my colleagues and I at LIVESTRONG.
Is it perfect? No.
Is it progress? Yes.