June 27, 2012
Photos: Erin Olson/DC Spotlight Newspaper
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Washington, D.C. seniors gathered at the Library of Congress to hear Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton speak on the issues of health care.
Dr. John Thompson opened the ceremony, which included such guests as Yummy Tyler, a fitness coordinator at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center. Tyler took to the stage and led an enthusiastic dancing exercise with a group of seniors.
Norton also presented Vincent A. Keane, CEO & President of Unity Health Care, with an award commemorating the company’s 25 years of providing health-care services to District residents.
After the dancers took their bow, Norton spoke about what the historic health care legislation will do for seniors in the District. “Seniors are among our best informed, most engaged, and largest voting block of citizens,” Norton said. “We will continue to deliver pertinent information concerning changes in federal laws and programs affecting seniors.” She also mentioned the Republican’s new Medicare voucher plan and how it would provide less care for the seniors over time. She explained the financial difficulties their new plan would present and how it would not be beneficial for local DC seniors.
Unukupukupu, from Hawaii Community College, closed the event with a musical presentation of a traditional hula dance.