Support Diabetes Advocates Taking Congress By Storm

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-03-15 12:02:53 -0500
Started 2015-03-12 07:19:06 -0500

We can complain or we can try to do something about how we feel about the epidemic of diabetes. There is a meeting today or tomorrow (it was not clear in the email I received) but advocacy groups will be before Congress to ask for help in stopping diabetes. The link above is a way to do that by email. You can use a prepared note they provide or share your own feelings in how you think diabetes can be stopped or at least curbed. Always be respectful and concise, but make your voice heard.

I know many think nothing will happen. Well, if we do nothing, NOTHING will happen. If we do something, then the failure is on them. There are many of you who suspect the deeper reasons for such an epidemic and they really have no clue unless you tell them.

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Michael_1960 2015-03-15 12:01:33 -0500 Report

But Gabby, we can concur diabetes, it's in the will power to be able to do something about it, like for an example eating the right foods, and getting the right amount of exercise. Like you said we can sit around and complain, whine, cry, and groan and moan, or we can start by doing something but you got to want to and do it!

GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:00:18 -0500 Report

Here is the response I received today. Not good news I'm afraid.

March 12, 2015

Thank you for contacting me regarding diabetes funding. Diabetes is one of the most widespread, life-changing, and costly health challenges facing our country. It is a priority and should remain a priority.

Like you, I share your concerns about the growing epidemic and understand that research and prevention programs are essential when it comes to educating and combating this disease. However, the Senate's refusal to pass even a single one of the twelve annual appropriations bills has made providing the NIH with additional funding to increase diabetes research impossible. Those appropriations bills are the means through which Congress makes decisions about individual program funding levels. When we don't pass them, funding just stays at a constant level from the previous year.

Please know that despite the Senate's inaction, (which I hope to see change with the new Senate majority this year) I am going to keep your comments regarding the NIH in mind as future appropriations bills for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies are discussed in the future. I am optimistic that the new Senate will bring up their appropriations bills or at least allow a vote on the ones that the House passes. As the new Congress begins, it is also important to note that the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 that was signed into law in January 2014 funded the NIH at $29.9 billion dollars, $1 billion above the fiscal year 2013 level. I will continue to be on the lookout for other pieces of legislation that might affect related programs.

Thank you again for emailing me and I hope you will continue to reach out about the many issues facing our federal government. Please keep in touch and take care.

Richard Nugent
Member of Congress

Buttercupoil 2015-03-14 14:39:53 -0500 Report

Diabetes is a very serious, demanding, worldwide disease that is widespread more and more, and debilitating because of poor people whose incomes have either stopped completely, or they can't afford the proper foods they need. It costs a huge amount to obtain all the equipment, meds, and insulin/needles to treat our Diabetes, and the Govn needs to provide ways for the uneducated or ones who have no way of preventing Diabetes, to go to group meetings & participate in Professional Medical Speakers' classes and hear/see what is available and how to do what we can, to prevent this; how and what to eat and what to NOT eat. This is an important and urgent request regarding the issue that our Federal Government should address and vote on.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-13 08:12:27 -0500 Report

Yeah well the last congress was useless…lets hope this one is better…I mean it has to be right…??? couldn't get any worse..

GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:19:31 -0500 Report

We can only hope. I have seen some really crappy things go on with the power of position....time alone will tell.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-12 11:27:58 -0500 Report

I will send..but my heart isn't really in it…because I am 100% sure our govermenet will pull hundreds of billions out of their butt holes ( sorry for the visual) to send overseas to help other people address other "more pressing" problems…and ignore the hundred million or so (in this country) with diabetes and pre-diabetes..and just give us a drop in the bucket…YOU ARE correct when you say we have to do something…So my hubby and I will donate a nice chuck of cash…BUT what would work better is if every diabetic and person who cares about diabetes would pen a REAL letter..NOT an email to their senator and congressman…THAT would be something they notice…The people who directly vote for them and affect THEIR future political career…I doubt highly that will happen…I am waiting for the private sector…where 90% of worthwhile things come from..

GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:04:07 -0500 Report

I keep my representatives in my roll-a-desk, (Yes, I still have one of those) and have done the letters, emails and even some more unconventional deliveries. It is time consuming, but it's our right and duty to let them know what is on our minds, even if it often falls to the ground. I have to believe that somehow, it will work again.

And it's true, the private sector really is in charge of this kind of thing. That is how it should be. But as long as the government feels a need to nanny me, I am going to try to manipulate my "nanny" to do as I say.

jayabee52 2015-03-12 18:47:20 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, Jib Jab, with the anthrax scare of a few years ago a so called "real letter" gets delayed to get processed by whatever process they use to decontaminate any mai to a govt official. It delays it for several weeks. Most govt officials actually prefer email I have sent several emails to my congress people and it is so much easier for them and their staff to deal with.

Just saying.


GabbyPA 2015-03-13 08:07:09 -0500 Report

This is true, they are all scanned and I was told by my representative that it can take up to a month for them to get the letters once they arrive and they ask that if it is a pressing matter, to not use that format.

I was part of the tea bag washington movement and it did have enough impact on the president for him to mention that he received thousands of letters with tea bags in them. It didn't change him, but it was worth a mention, and that made me feel it was not wasted effort.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-12 22:46:22 -0500 Report

emails don't have the same impact as 100,000 letter slamming down on someones desk…let them be delayed for weeks..If we have one day we all decide to mail (which I know wont happened)…they will all still get there in the same week or ten days…and I don't think the goal should be to make it easier for them…it should be to overwhelm them…and shock the crap out of them..

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