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Bonamici: Repealing Affordable Care Act without Replacement Endangers Health Coverage for Millions of Americans

January 13, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Shares Story of Tualatin Resident on House Floor

WASHINGTON, DC [01/13/17] — Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) shared the story of Tualatin resident Mark Rouska on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives while imploring her colleagues to not repeal the Affordable Care Act because of the many Oregonians and Americans who rely on the law for health care coverage. On Friday, the House is set to vote on a budget resolution that will begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

You can watch Congresswoman Bonamici’s remarks here.

“Today I want to talk about Mark Rouska from Tualatin, Oregon” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Mark was diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer, and doctors told him the cancer had metastasized to his lungs.  He had to resign from a job he loved as a special education teacher. Without chemotherapy he would probably not be alive. … At the end of this month Mark and his wife Patrice will celebrate their 31st anniversary. Repealing the Affordable Care Act will endanger health coverage for millions of people—one of them is Mark. I will do everything in my power to protect the many Oregonians who rely on the Affordable Care Act.”

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This press release has been updated.

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