Response to quote regarding failure to fund treatment of breast cancer discovered by screening programs:

Beth Capell, PhD, legislative representative for health care reform:

"We live in a society in which a man who loses a leg to diabetes can get the amputation but not the insulin to manage the disease; in which a woman who has cataracts loses her job because she is blind; in which a child goes deaf simply because she had the misfortune to lack clear immigration status; in which a person screaming with pain from metastasized cancer gets pain medications from the ER and nothing more. Every case is obscene.

"Every person who should be able to lead a productive life should be given that chance. This is not charity. This is not obligation. It is a society making the most of its most precious resource: its people."