In the film Mr. Smith goes to Washington, a young Jimmy Stewart fights entrenched establishment forces through a heroic filibuster and wins the day. Needless to say, the end of Mr. Lantz goes to Washington is not so stirring. However, my time spent with hundreds of honorable therapists fighting for common sense regulations and patient access was both rewarding and enlightening.
Having been to DC. before on behalf of the AOTA and APTA, this trip was different in the overall sense of optimism that far exceeded previous trips to the hill. For one thing, the event was taking place in April, with the cherry blossoms vibrantly in bloom… a stark contrast to our Hill Day of 2011 which took place in a virtual July inferno. The Federal Advocacy Forum was headquartered at the Liasion Hotel, a stylish and intimate spot, seconds away from the Capitol steps. (more…)