Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Remember those with autism - Edmond Sun OP/Ed

Published: November 03, 2008 11:19 pm
Remember those with autism

To the Editor:As elections grow near, we would like to thank the thousands who have fought to generate awareness of a disease that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects one out of every 150 children. That disease is called autism.

When everyone goes to the polls, keep in mind that according to actuarial studies, the cost for insurance coverage for autism in Oklahoma only would raise premiums by less than $2 per month, if at all.

Think about families spending all their retirements, their parent’s retirements and going bankrupt to pay for a disease that affects their children and is more prevalent than all pediatric cancers, AIDS and diabetes combined.

Lastly think about something one of our Republican House leaders said: “… why should we help these children when they are only going to end up in institutions ….” Then think how you would vote if Republican House leadership was referring to your child.

Then thank God, if they weren’t.

Robyne and Wayne Rohde, Edmond

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