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Roger Daltrey: Looking Out For Another G-g-generation

Legendary Who singer pushing for adolescent lounges in hospitals

Rocker Roger Daltrey, Rep. Billy Long, Sarah Kennedy, and Buddy Cassidy, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, attend the Conversation on Child Cures event. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rock legend Roger Daltrey does not think the kids have it alright when it comes to their facilities in hospitals.  

In a conservation about 21st Century Cures Act, which was approved by the House in July, Daltrey told a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel on Wednesday that his charity, Teen Cancer America, is pushing for hospitals to have a separate lounge for young people.  

“At the moment, it’s just a mess,” the lead singer of The Who said. “You expect a nursery for a child, you expect an adult has a lounge.”  

“I would love to see [people] up to the age of 25 have a separate area, where they live together, they can talk,” he said. “They are not children and they are not adults.”  

So far, Daltrey said, about 50 hospitals are gearing up to work with his charity on this initiative. “The hospitals have come on board beyond my wildest dreams,” he said.  

“They recognize the issue. … I don’t see a problem there. We just gotta raise a truck load of money.” One way he is raising money is by allowing people to bid for microphones he uses in shows.  

Daltrey co-founded Teen Cancer America with his fellow Who member, Pete Townshend.  

Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., sounded optimistic that they could work on a pure and easy solution. “We are reinvigorated and we will push on until it’s done,” Upton said.  

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