Former Senator Dole Honors Speaker Boehner
May 14, 2014 08:28 AM
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), a longtime ally of the home care and hospice community, CARING Award winner, and humanitarian, recently hosted an event for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). NAHC attended the event and participated in the Q&A portion of the agenda.
Mr. Dole served his state of Kansas as a Senator from 1969 – 1996 where he became the longest-serving Republican leader during his tenure. Mr. Dole has also been both the Republican vice-presidential and presidential nominee during his illustrious career.
Since his retirement, Senator Dole has remained active in politics and policy – having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 to co-chair a commission looking into problems at Walter Reed Medical Center as well as continuing to be a tireless advocate for home care and hospice. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Caring Institute.
When asked what caring means to him during an interview with NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, Mr. Dole stated that, “to me it’s pretty obvious. It’s looking out for somebody else… If people didn’t care, what a society we’d have. It doesn’t take much effort… It’s so easy to care for somebody else, and most Americans do it.”
Senator Dole is, “one of the greatest human beings that I have ever met,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “He has been a fierce advocate for home care.”
During the event hosted by Mr. Dole, NAHC staff joined with other stakeholders to meet with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-OH), as well as other members of Congress. Attendees had opportunity to receive an update on current events in Congress straight from the Speaker, and ask him about issues of importance to them such as pending legislation on immigration, energy and doctor fees.
After Speaker Boehner spoke and entertained questions from the audience and one posed by NAHC staff on the chances of terminating the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Obamacare law, NAHC staff thanked him for his service on behalf of home care and hospice providers and their patients, and reminded him about some of the most pressing issues facing home care and hospice providers.
One of the other lawmakers in attendance was fellow Ohioan Representative James Renacci (R-OH). Mr. Renacci expressed his high regard for hospice after a recent family experience with NAHC staff.
As the event was concluding, NAHC representatives were able to visit with Senator Dole and express the organization’s sincere thanks and gratitude for his continued advocacy on behalf of all of NAHC’s members.
Senator Dole not only serves as co-chair of the CARING Institute, but also serves as counsel to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.