Madison, Wisconsin -- As we continue to salute our fallen veterans and those currently serving, and let’s honor the spirit of Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day not just in May but 365 days a year, I wish to note on another matter that last week, the Wisconsin Democratic congressional delegation came through and saved the popular Wisconsin SeniorCare drug program from the Bush administration’s determination to dismantle it.
“I think we ought to thank Herb Kohl, and Dave Obey (D-WI) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) too. I never approved of adding to a (war-spending) bill like this, but this time I do,” said Irene Captain of Wisconsin Rapids, a seniors’ activist with SeniorCare, who was on the Wisconsin legislative committee of the AARP and lobbied hard for the initial establishment of SeniorCare. “We need SeniorCare, it works, so why destroy it?”
Irene, whose late husband, Wesley Captain, was a World War II veteran who stormed the beaches at Normandy; knows the benefits of this program personally. And Mrs. Captain was not a happy woman when the Bush administration announced plans to destroy SeniorCare.
But Kohl, Feingold and Obey came through.
"The drug coverage that seniors in Wisconsin have come to know and depend on is going to stay in place," Kohl said in a statement. "The delegation stuck with it, and we got the job done."