Koppel, lawmakers raise COPD profile

Monday, December 31, 2007

WASHINGTON – Grace Ann Dorney Koppel, the wife of former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel, spoke at the Congressional Health Briefing on COPD Nov. 8. She depicted COPD as the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases. “We don’t get no respect,” she said, because many people associate COPD with smoking, even though one in six people who have the disease have never smoked. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Rep. Cliff Stears, R-Fla., also spoke at the briefing, which was hosted by the COPD Congressional Caucus, a bipartisan group of 12 senators and 38 representatives working together to raise awareness of COPD and promote government policies to improve the lives of those affected with the disease.