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Letter: Health-care system is broken

Just before my 17th birthday, I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. I underwent surgery and radiation, rely on multiple medications to manage my symptoms, and have regular MRIs to monitor tumor regrowth.

My parents were filling out insurance forms and paying hospital bills, and while I knew my condition would affect me for the rest of my life, I wasn’t thinking about the financial implications. I had no idea how expensive all my doctor’s visits, treatments, and medications were.

Now, five years later, I know the financial burden a chronic medical condition can have, and I know we need representatives to pass legislation that will ensure affordable health care coverage for everyone, including those with pre-existing conditions. At the time of my diagnosis we were fortunate to have insurance that covered my treatment, but there are many who are not as fortunate.

That’s why Kathy Manning’s story about her own daughter’s struggle with chronic illness and fight with her insurance company over high drug prices inspired me to get involved with her campaign. Our health-care system is broken and we need representatives like Kathy Manning who will act on behalf of her constituents, not big pharmaceutical companies.

— Lilly Heckman

Greensboro

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