Today, during the first House Committee on Ways and Means hearing of the 116th Congress, Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) announced she is living with Small Cell Lymphoma. Congresswoman Moore released the following statement:
“Today, as Ways and Means Democrats gear up our fight to restore quality, affordable coverage for all Americans, I feel the time is right to announce that, for the last 10 months, I have battled Small Cell Lymphoma. This is a cancer I will live with for the rest of my life, but, because of my high-quality healthcare and insurance coverage, it is not a cancer I will die from.
“Ways and Means Republicans have voted to defund, undercut, and undermine our country’s health care system. They have made it clear as day that they care more about the cost of the ACA than the value of human life. I am announcing my remission today to remind everyone on this committee that I am a living example of the lifesaving value of essential health benefits. For my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that is a cost worth paying.
“Democrats now have the gavel and are on the offensive. We are fighting so that no American has to choose between seeking healthcare and providing for their families. With a united voice, we are moving to ensure that no parent, child, or loved one is denied the chance at a healthy and productive life.”