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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Denny Heck (WA-10) released the following statement after the passage of the American Health Care Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“House Leadership came up with the American Health Care Act in the dark, without the collaboration of health advocates, faith groups, doctors, medical experts, economists, Democrats, and state and local governments. They forced it through before the Congressional Budget Office could explain how much it would cost.
At St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Lena Forsyth was known for being a dedicated nurse diabetes educator. At the age of 55, she was in the prime of her career, hard at work teaching patients and their families how to treat their condition and change their lifestyle. She had a loving husband, Tony, and treasured time with her family. She was involved in the Steilacoom community and was a friendly face at meetings and events.
And then the news dropped on her and her family like a stack of bricks: young-onset Alzheimer’s.