A reader writes:
Why does he matter? Because despite all the sentimentality and the cozying up to parents of children with developmental disabilities, Sarah Palin doesn't stand for the policies that will help those families. I am the widowed mother of a nineteen-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. In another six months she'll be eligible for Medicare via SSDI. But ten years ago, when my husband became disabled and stopped working, hanging on to our group health coverage was critical, because we could not have bought health insurance for her on the private market.
We are fortunate; it worked out. But parents of kids with disabilities are not able to change jobs or start businesses or make any life decisions without considering how this will affect their family's ability to purchase medical insurance. The health reform legislation that Palin criticizes will solve that. Most families with kids with disabilities can't afford to put big bucks into HSAs. In truth, Palin's wealth isolates her from the problems of ordinary families of disabled kids.
When she was first nominated for VP, friends in the Down syndrome parent community started forwarding me all glowing articles about Trig, and Palin's commitment to special needs children because she'd been there. He's now three years old, and she is only beginning to walk the walk.