via email addressed to me; the “I” here is Hillary speaking in the first person:
Today in Iowa, I introduced my new plan to ensure that every American will have affordable, quality health care. But before I tell you about the plan, I want to tell you about Lisa Scott.
I met Lisa, who’s from Greenville, Iowa, back in May. Six years ago, her daughter, Janelle, began having chest pains and blackouts, and she was sick for almost a year. Janelle requested a chest X-ray, but she never received it. Because while she was working two jobs, she didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford to pay for it out of pocket. One week later, at the age of 18, Janelle died. Her death certificate listed the cause of death as “unknown,” because Janelle was never able to afford a proper diagnosis — a diagnosis that might have saved her life.
For seven years, people like Lisa and Janelle have been invisible to George Bush. When I’m president, they won’t be invisible to me. I promise to fight for families like theirs every day.
That’s why I’m introducing the American Health Choices Plan. And I want to invite you to an interactive webcast this Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time, where I will answer your questions live about how my new plan to cover all Americans affects you. Visit my website to RSVP for the webcast and to get the full details of the plan.
We have a health care crisis in America — and it’s getting worse. I know we can do better. We can improve the quality of our health care, lower costs, preserve our choices, and ensure that every person in America has quality coverage.
My plan offers new choices for those who have insurance and coverage for those who don’t. It ensures that care will be affordable and that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage because of preexisting conditions. It’s a fiscally responsible plan that we can afford.
If you like the insurance you have now, you won’t have to change a thing. But if you want to change your plan, or if you’re one of the 47 million Americans who don’t have coverage, you will have a variety of plans to choose from.
I have never wavered in my commitment to making sure that every single person in America has affordable, quality health care. And I have promised that as president, I will make universal coverage a reality.
The American Health Choices Plan is a roadmap that tells us how to get there. I hope you’ll take a look at the plan, and join me for Tuesday evening’s live webcast.