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“I’M ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BUT CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR THAT”

Treasure Coast Resident and Cancer Survivor Kyla Mcardle is the Face of Critical Health Care Protections That Congressman Brian Mast Voted to Take Away

West Palm Beach — Real people telling their stories of battling serious health care problems is apparently too much for Congressman Brian Mast, according to his latest fundraising mailer. After declining to attend a Health Care Community Town Hall on July 14, where he would have heard his constituent Kyla Mcardle telling her heart-wrenching story of fighting cancer and being overwhelmed by the medical bills, Mast sent out a fundraiser complaining that his facts are being “corrected” by Floridians for a Fair Shake.

“Congressman Brian Mast says he’s being ‘attacked’ by an organization. Well, I’ve been attacked by cancer, and the only way I beat it was with the coverage I had from the Affordable Care Act,” said Kyla Mcardle. “I wouldn’t have survived without affordable health coverage from the ACA. I’m alive today only because of that.”

Kyla’s story is all-too-familiar to Treasure Coast residents, who are paying more for health care due to Brian Mast’s votes to repeal health care and to sabotage the remaining parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mast voted to take away health care from more than two million Floridians, including 74,800 of his own constituents; increase premiums by 20 percent; and supported proposals that would exclude constituents with pre-existing conditions — like Kyla’s cancer — for 7.8 million Floridians, including 272,400 in his own district.

On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) issued a Congressional-district level study on the cost of health care sabotage, showing that a family of four in Congressman Mast’s district will pay $2,750 more for coverage because of his attacks on our health care system.

“I’d love to tell Brian Mast my story of survival to his face. He’d rather hide behind fundraising emails,” Mcardle said.

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