Healthcare has been a growing concern in the political sphere, and lawmakers continue to work in order to address the concerns of their constituents.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump is set to address the nation when he gives the State of the Union Address, and it’s just been announced by freshman Florida Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell that her guest to the President’s address will be Michelle Garcia, a women’s health advocate and Essure survivor.
In a statement, Mucarsel-Powell explained that she is thrilled that Michelle will be joining her for the State of the Union Address. She added that Michelle’s story “is a reminder that the votes we take in Congress have severe consequences on hard-working families.”
No person should worry that they may be one hospital bill away from bankruptcy because of a pre-existing condition and high costs.,” said Mucarsel Powell, adding “so long as protections for pre-existing conditions are at risk, I will fight to preserve them.
Specifically, pre-existing conditions have been a major point of contention in the healthcare discussion because of the skyrocketing rate of yearly deductibles and out-of-pocket payments Americans must make because of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). While covering pre-existing conditions is important, questions still arise from the healthcare laws’ validity because of the higher costs affiliated with the ACA.
In response to the Congresswoman’s invitation, Michelle Garcia thanked Mucarsel-Powell, saying that she appreciates “her commitment to fighting for the more than 300,000 Floridians in her district who – were it not for theAffordable Care Act – could be denied access to health care. Every time there was a vote to get rid of those protections, I fought back anxiety, unsure if the next day I’d still have access to the ongoing treatment I need because of my injuries. I am thankful that Rep. Mucarsel-Powell is a champion for us in Congress.”