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In New Ads, Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Highlight What’s at Stake this Election: “My life is on the line”

Battleground digital ads urge Americans at risk of losing health care to vote this November

WASHINGTON — Today, ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett, Lower Drug Prices Now and Hero Action Fund launched a new ad campaign featuring real life stories from people about what’s at stake in this election when it comes to access to affordable health care. The videos include stories from people in Wisconsin, Iowa and North Carolina with pre-existing conditions. Each video ends by saying “My life is on the line. Your life is on the line.” 

“Voting has never been more important than now, with health care for millions of people on the line,” said Margarida Jorge, national campaign director for Lower Drug Prices Now. “Millions of Americans have already lost jobs and employer-based healthcare during the COVID pandemic. Elections have consequences, and if we want to prevent millions of Americans from losing access to healthcare and affordable medicines, we must vote.”

“Pharmaceutical corporations use their monopoly powers to price-gouge Americans in desperate need of medical treatments,” said Ady Barkan, Healthcare Activist living with ALS and founder of Hero Action Fund. “If we’re going to end this immoral system that profits off of our pain, we must vote.”

The ads profile three people who all say that their lives are on the line in this election, and that the most important thing people can do is exercise their right to vote:

  • Julie Buckholt from Milwaukee, WI who suffers from Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease.
  • Carrol Ollinger from Fayetteville, NC who has Type 1 diabetes and is a dialysis patient.
  • Sue Dinsdale from Huxley, IA who has healthcare issues that cause her to have extreme nausea.

The ads come amid heightened concerns about the future of the Affordable Care Act, which provides health coverage for 23 million people, and protects 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions from higher premiums, denials and discrimination because of their health conditions. On November 10th, just days after the election, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a lawsuit intended to overturn the ACA, gutting healthcare for hundreds of millions of Americans.

Watch the ads here:

Wisconsin ad – “Julie”

Iowa ad – “Sue”

North Carolina ad – “Carrol”

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