I waited in line to get a photo with Elizabeth Warren and was kicked out because I didnt have a book. I couldn’t afford it but thought I could get a photo since they were letting people with books take photos with her. When I was kicked out I said I couldn’t afford it and was almost out of the hall when an older man handed me a book and told me to go get a photo.
So here are my photos, including me pointing out how her book is close to what I spend each week on food and that I was kicked out of line for being too poor to afford it. I was also able to tell her to fight a bill that is being pushed by obesity alliance coalition to have Medicaid cover weight loss surgery and diet pills. It has financial ties to the makers of lap band, Allergan, and the director is the former policy director of glaxosmithkline. I’m kind of weepy but I told her I need access to food not weight loss.
Full disclosure - When I heard about the bill last month the spokesperson specifically talked about medicaid. I was yelled at by a PR person on twitter who is helping to push the bill and mentioned that they are actually looking to expand medicare. Regardless, my thoughts about the bill are the same. Research has shown that people 65+ who lose weight are at higher risk of death than people who stay “overweight” and “obese.” Fatter people are also more likely to survive hospitalization if they do have illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, etc.