i've been really kind of depressed about healthcare lately. Like many of you, i want a president who is going to make diabetes a national priority and i just don't see signs that it will happen. our newsletter diaTribe wrote to all the campaigns in mid-January to ask them a couple of very straightforward questions about diabetes and obesity and their views and levels of support and we haven't heard from ANY of the campaigns. we want to publish the story in our next issue and so far we are nowhere.
i know they get a lot of mail. I know diaTribe is small. but 20 percent (twenty percent!) of people over 60 have diabetes. new numbers from the ADA put the national diagnosed figure at 17.5 million. that's seven percent of us. AND the latest economic figures say ONE of five healthcare dollars (one of FIVE!) now goes to diabetes.
and their staffs can't tell us how they feel about diabetes and overweight and obesity and what should be done? these aren't hard questions and americans need to hear from them.
personally, we haven't hidden our bias. we want it to be cheaper to feel better. we want help figuring out how to eat well and exercise, we want better access to good food and we want it for everyone. we get it that there isn't that much money but they should explore how to get this done with the help of industry and foundations if they are spending too much on Iraq so there's no money left over.
maybe 17.5 million people aren't enough? what about 50 million more with pre-diabetes?
sigh. if anyone has any thoughts about how to raise their attention, please let me know. so far, our story for our next issue of diaTribe is basically just about how not a single presidential candidate or a single staff member (not even Gov Huckabee's office!) has written back to us. If you and your families or friends would be wiling to sign a statement just saying we're wondering where they stand we would really appreciate it. Our link is at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=TppsqeCewszwot24R_2bJKNA_3d_3d.