Ann Takes The Stage

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 28 2012 @ 2:39pm


Ann Romney is scheduled to speak tonight. David Von Drehle suspects that the potential first lady, who has battled MS, won't connect her disease to political policies:

MS drug therapy is a touchy subject in countries around the world because the medicines are extremely expensive—starting above $3,000 per month and rising steeply for drugs that must be infused intravenously. And they only slow the disease; they don’t cure it. As a result, access is uneven. Single-payer systems, like Britain’s National Health Service, have been resistant to covering the treatments, and some U.S. insurers put a lifetime cap on the amount that patients can spend on the drugs. In a 2011 interview with Parade, Romney advised her fellow MS patients "to get on medications because the medications now are so effective in reducing symptoms." A more explicit discussion could entangle her in the thorny debate over health care spending.

Alyssa Rosenberg finds little reason to cover Ann's speech:

It's hard to imagine that Mrs. Romney is going to attempt to sell audiences on a significantly revised portrait of her husband, or make any news. Given that the conventions are staged campaign events rather than places where events are actually decided, it makes sense that the networks (and the rest of the media, for that matter) should exert judgment. 

(Photo: Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, stands on stage during a walk through at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, Augugst 28. Her challenge today at the RNC in Tampa – her biggest stage yet – will be to humanize her husband for Americans who haven’t so far found him very likable.  By Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)