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Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “The affordable care act is not about statistics—it’s about the people you know and love.”

Houston, TXCongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joined with Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis Last Friday (2/17/2017) at a community forum on saving the Affordable Care Act, a law that has expanded the access to affordable health care to millions of Americans.

The Congresswoman and Commissioner were joined by more than 200 individuals, including some who shared personal testimonies about the ACA and its impact on their lives.

Anna Nunes spoke of the Cancer treatments she might not have had access to had it not been for the ACA. Amy Esdorn shared how despite having the preexisting condition of Crohn’s Disease, the law’s provisions still allowed her to secure affordable health insurance.  And Marlin Phillips, a retired senior citizen who knows firsthand the high price of prescription drugs, spoke of the relief the ACA has provided to millions of people by helping to lower costs.

Also speaking out were health professionals who explained how and why the Affordable Care Act saves lives.

Because of the ACA, 7 million Texans no longer have lifetime limits on their health insurance, and that over 300 thousand young adults can receive coverage on their parents’ plans until the age of 26.

Nationwide, 6.3 million seniors in the “donut hole” have saved 6.1 billion dollars on their prescription drugs because of the ACA, and that 3.2 million seniors have access to free annual wellness visits.

“Health care is a right and this forum underscored the ACA’s importance in the lives of so many people here in Harris County and across the nation,” Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said.  “We have made progress but we still have far to go and we need the ACA to do it.  Texas’ uninsured rate has declined by 30 percent, but Harris County is still home to one million uninsured residents.”

The Congresswoman, quoting the words of Coretta Scott King, said “The greatness of community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members…a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.”

And Congresswoman Jackson Lee stated her belief that most experts in the trenches of our nation’s healthcare system understand what’s at stake in this fight.

“The doctors who treat you and can get the test and write the prescriptions for the medications that will get and keep you well have a prescription for this nation,” Congresswoman Jackson Lee said.  “Keep America Healthy, Save the Affordable Healthcare Act Law,” she added.

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. The House Committee on Homeland Security serves the cybersecurity needs of critical infrastructure owners and operators. Congresswoman Jackson Lee serves on the Subcommittees on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism and Intelligence. She is the current Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, which gives her a portfolio that covers the breath of issues including national and criminal justice issues that touch upon cybersecurity.

– Rucks Russell

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