It’s no secret: one of the biggest fights of the Trump administration has been defending our health care. Time and time again, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have fought to slash the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for millions of Americans to get the care they need — all so they can cut taxes for corporations and the ultra-wealthy.
But each time health care has come under attack, millions of Americans have organized — you’ve shared your stories, called your elected officials and marched in the streets — to say ENOUGH.
Kamala believes that access to affordable, meaningful health care must be a universal human right guaranteed to every American, no matter who they are, where they’re from or how much money they make. That’s why she’s been on the front lines of this fight, rallying alongside you to defend our care.
Why? Because, for Kamala, this fight is personal. Last week, she wrote an op-ed in the New York Times sharing her story about why access to health care matters so much to her — and we’ve included an excerpt below. Please give it a read:
[My mom] ended up in the hospital not long after that. That was when I started to see another change. For as long as I could remember, my mother loved to watch the news and read the newspaper. When Maya and I were kids, she’d insist we sit down in front of Walter Cronkite each night before dinner. But suddenly, she had no interest. Her mighty brain decided it had had enough.
She still had room for us, though. I remember that I had just entered the race for California attorney general and she asked me how it was going.
“Mommy, these guys are saying they’re going to kick my ass,” I told her.
She rolled over and looked at me and unveiled the biggest smile. She knew who she’d raised. She knew her fighting spirit was alive and well inside me.
My mother died on Feb. 11, 2009, two months after her 70th birthday. One of the last questions she asked the hospice nurse was, “Are my daughters going to be O.K.?” She was focused on being our mother until the very end.
And though I miss her every day, I carry her with me wherever I go. I think of the battles she fought, the values she taught me, her commitment to improve health care for us all. There is no title or honor on earth I’ll treasure more than to say I am Shyamala Gopalan Harris’s daughter. As I continue the battle for a better health care system, I do so in her name.
“Kamala Harris: Everyone Gets Sick. And We Deserve Better,” New York Times, Dec. 29, 2018
Thanks for reading and for everything you’ve done to defend health care and move our country forward. Have a safe and happy New Year!
– Team Kamala
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