WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that Gary Hall Jr., former Olympic swimmer and outspoken patient advocate, will join him at the State of the Union in Washington, DC on February 4, 2020. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Hall went on to become an Olympic champion, winning a career total of ten Olympic medals. Although he represented America on the global stage, he still struggled to afford health insurance and insulin payments. Since then, Hall has worked to improve the lives of people with diabetes by advocating for new research and supporting patients all over the world.
“It is unimaginable that an athlete who dedicated their young career to representing the United States at the Olympic games would be unable to afford lifesaving medication,” Rep. Lieu said. “Gary’s story is a reminder of why we must fight to lower prescription drug prices and protect those with pre-existing conditions. I’m honored that he will be joining me in calling on the President to stop threatening healthcare for Americans.”
Congressman Lieu invited Hall as part of a joint effort coordinated by the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) to highlight the stories of families and patients across the country impacted by Trump’s harmful healthcare policies. Lieu has helped to pass multiple bills this Congress to lower drug costs, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse health care sabotage (including the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, landmark legislation that would give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies to bring down prices and make those savings available to hardworking families across America).
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