Dems Highlight Importance Of Health Care At Rep. Waters' Millennial Media Row
On Tuesday night, ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, Democrats presented a united front at Rep. Maxine Waters’ 3rd annual Millennial Media Row, bringing their message back to a core one — affordable and accessible health care for all. “When we talk to our constituents, all of the members would come back and say the number one priority and what they’re most concerned about is health care. It’s health care because any family who has encountered it, whether it’s your children with chronic diseases, caring for your elders and seeing you personally having a crisis like cancer or heart disease, health care can devastate,” Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) told ESSENCE at the event. “You can be working, have a little savings, and it can be wiped out. Our seniors are then—in the later years of their lives—making decisions about paying for medicine or eating. So health care is the vein that takes care of so much of our quality of life.” Lawrence brought as a guest Dr. Felix Valbuena, the CEO of the Community Health and Social Services Center, which provides medical care and other comprehensive services to bring attention to the need for continued funding of the work done in community health centers.