First-lady hopefuls discuss health care at cancer summit

The health-care issue is so hot right now that even would-be First Families are getting involved in the cause.

Judith Giuliani, wife of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), discussed health-care policy issues at a breast-cancer research leadership summit on Tuesday in Lebanon, N.H., according to a report by the Associated Press.

Giuliani described her husband’s experience with prostate cancer at the conference, which was sponsored by Susan G. Komen for The Cure and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

“From the moment a patient hears the word cancer … your ears are hearing through a different filter,” she said. “Rudy, of course, as we all know, is one of the smartest guys around, but when he was first told that his diagnosis … was positive, I watched his face as he said, ‘Oh, wow. Positive. Positive is good right?”‘

“Even for someone as intelligent as my husband is, it took a few moments for him to filter through that process and realize that in this unfortunate case, positive was not good,” she said.

Giuliani also described her husband’s efforts during his time as mayor to establish a $12-million, 20-year cancer study of 300,000 New York City residents, as well as his efforts to provide free breast-cancer screening.

“I can assure you, when Rudy is president, you will have two allies in the White House,” Giuliani told the group. “This will be a priority to us.”

Elizabeth Kucinich, who is from England, discussed how her husband’s single-payer health plan will help provide services similar to those she enjoyed in her native country.

“We really have an affordable health care system [in England], and I don’t see why America is afflicted with a system where we have insurance companies who are in business to make money, not provide health care,” she said.

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