DWS talks about a ‘personal’ election
A visibly emotional Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz touted President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law by speaking of her own struggle with breast cancer on the final night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.
Wasserman Schultz, who doubles as chair of the Democratic National Committee, said her bout with breast cancer means she would have a pre-existing condition if she applied for insurance now; a portion of the health-care overhaul signed by Obama in 2010 bars insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans with those conditions. Obama’s Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, says he would repeal the sweeping health-care measure.
“So when President Obama passed health-care reform, it was personal to me,” Wasserman Schultz said. “And when Governor Romney says he would repeal Obamacare and put insurance companies back in charge of a woman’s health, that’s personal too.”
Wasserman Schultz also ripped the GOP’s proposal, modeled on a plan by Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, to essentially turn Medicare into a voucher program for those under the age of 55.
“Now, Congressman Ryan says that he wants Medicare to be around for his grandkids,” she said. “Well, if that’s the case, he had better vote for Barack Obama.”