Where does one go for medical care if you are uninsured and have a family history of breast or cervical cancer? How does a family obtain affordable medical treatment with financial support through an insurance program if you have a pre-existing condition or if you have already reached your life-time cap? As a cancer patient with severe pain, what type of help is available? What can be done to control the expansion of tobacco use, especially in children and young adults?
It’s essential to Baltimoreans, as well as all Marylanders, for reliance on the legislative support from its elected officials when it comes to medical care issues, especially for cancer programs. To assist voters know the ‘cancer platform’ of each candidate for governor, both candidates were sent four questions. The responses from Robert Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley have been published in a voter’s guide available on the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network website.
The four questions addressed these four issues:
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
- Cancer Pain Control
- Patient Protection and Affordable Act Implementation
- Tobacco Prevention Program funding
As a voter as well as cancer advocate, be informed. Know the position of each candidate on these four essential issues facing cancer patients. Let the candidates know how important these issues are to you and your family. Be sure they understand how these issues impact you – as a cancer patient, caregiver and/or supporter and advocate.
Don’t see your particular issue listed? Contact your candidate’s campaign office. Ask your question. Be sure you get a satisfactory answer that meets your needs. Hold the candidate accountable for their positions/promises.
Then, vote. Vote for the candidate that represents your values.
Disclaimers: In fairness for full disclosure, this writer is a cancer patient, survivor and advocate. I volunteer with the American Cancer Society, and am a member of the American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network. This article is not to endorse any particular candidate for governor. It simply makes candidate’s opinions available to those interested.
NOTE: ACS CAN is a nonpartisan organization and does not support or oppose candidates for any elected office. Publishing a candidate’s positions does not constitute endorsement of or opposition to that candidate – rather, it creates an opportunity for the public to hear from the candidates in their own words instead of through campaign ads or surrogates. ACS CAN will work with whoever is elected, regardless of their political affiliation, to make sure that the voices of people with cancer are heard in policy debates.