DNC Wrap-Up: A Vote for Life

One of the most inspiring moments for me at the Democratic National Convention – a moment that set the tone for the entire event — happened the very first morning. I mentioned it briefly in my first post from the DNC, but it made such an impression on me that I wanted to share more below (and on Sarasota Patch):

Rod Smith, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party stood up in front of the Florida delegation and told us that his 25-year-old son, Dillon, was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that usually strikes children. He has undergone his first round of chemotherapy, and the family is optimistic.

The inspiration came when Rod described how the health care reform passed by President Obama may end up saving Dillon’s life. Continue reading


DNC Dispatch – Day One

Greetings from Charlotte! There’s so much going on now that the Democratic National Convention is underway, and I’ll be sharing the highlights as quickly as I can. On Day One, I attended the Florida Delegation breakfast (with more than 575 delegates and their guests) and heard from an impressive array of Democratic leaders about how President Obama’s policies over the last four years have put us in a much better position today than we were in four years ago. Here are some of the highlights:

Rod Smith, Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, shared a personal story about the recent cancer diagnosis of his son, 24, just three weeks ago. Because of the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA), he was able to still insure his son and make sure he gets the critical care needed. So far his treatment has totaled more than $1 million, but it has all been covered. Furthermore, thanks to AHA, his son cannot be denied healthcare after his recovery as a person with a pre-existing condition.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Senator Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia, spoke of his 20 years of business experience and how the stock market is far stronger today than four years ago, when our financial system was basically in a complete free-fall. Continue reading