A group of teenage cancer survivors made a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Speaker of the House and Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan recently, but according to someone on Facebook, that meeting did not go smoothly at all.
Although this person’s story isn’t immediately verifiable, with, unsurprisingly, no apparent public record as to the identities of those who made the trek to D.C., it’s surely worth considering even still.
In short, according to Jenn Thaiyanont Anderson on Facebook, Ryan refused to meet with the teenage cancer survivors, although that’s ostensibly why they’d come to D.C. at all. Instead of having personal meetings with the teenagers, he simply took a few photos with them and went on his merry way of trying what seems like constantly to strip people of their healthcare.
The whole thing isn’t very surprising, but it’s disturbing nonetheless.
The Facebook post, which you can check out below, reads, in part:
‘Recently six cancer survivors youth from Wisconsin, all 16 and 17, made a trip to Washington, D.C… It was pre-planned and arrangements were made for these young survivors to meet with Congressman Paul Ryan. Each youth was to be given 2 1/2 minutes to address the importance of their pre-existing conditions and their future healthcare coverage. When they arrived in Washington, Paul Ryan said he was too busy to have the meeting BUT he would take a picture with them. You can go to his FB wall and see these PR pictures. He refused them a chance to speak or listen to their concerns.’