I’m Kelly Mazeski and I’m running for Congress to hold Peter Roskam accountable for voting to support the Republican health care plan that makes you pay more to get less and causes 23 million Americans to lose coverage.  

Like many others, I really struggled with our health care system.  At the most difficult time in my life, I lost my health insurance.  I’m deeply concerned that as a cancer survivor and the mother of a daughter with a rare illness, people with pre-existing conditions like us will lose health coverage if the Republican plan becomes law.  

Roskam wants us to believe, “Under no circumstances can people be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”  

My doctors saved my life from breast cancer, so I trust them over Peter Roskam and Donald Trump when the largest association of physicians says, “Americans with pre-existing conditions will be stuck in second-class health care coverage – if they are able to obtain coverage at all.”  

That’s simply unacceptable.  The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect.  There are many things we can do to improve the current law, but Trumpcare, that Roskam voted for at every stage is a massive step backwards.  

What’s worse is if Roskam and just one other Republican would have voted no, this terrible bill would not have passed the House.  Crain’s Chicago Business wrote:  

"Had Reps. Randy Hultgren of Plano, Adam Kinzinger of Joliet and Peter Roskam of Wheaton voted "no" instead of "yes," a measure that passed 217-213 would have lost, assuming all other members' votes remained unchanged. In fact, had two of the three switched, the measure would have failed on a tie 215-215 vote."  

Roskam helped pave the way for the health care vote back in March as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, where he voted for an age tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge people over age 50 five times as much as they charge others.  Estimates by AARP have found that the age tax in Trumpcare could hike insurance premiums for people ages 60-64 by more than $3,000 a year — to almost $18,000 annually.  

As I begin my campaign, I’m inspired by many in our community who want me to defeat Peter Roskam.  

But this is going to be a very long, difficult and expensive campaign.  I need your support on the ground, online and with campaign donations. I promise to work hard every day on the campaign trail and in Congress to stand up to Donald Trump and the Republicans who would rather give a massive tax cut to billionaires instead of protecting and expanding health care coverage for millions of Americans.  

Sign up on my website, follow me on Facebook and consider giving $25 to help me defeat Peter Roskam next November.  

Thank you and I look forward to beating Peter Roskam and having the Democrats take back the House in 2018!

 

 


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