Stopping in the Grand Canyon State

We started our week by heading to the beautiful Grand Canyon State.

In Arizona, more than 709,000 people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. There’s a lot on the line—and Arizonans are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

We held a rally with supporters in Flagstaff, Arizona on Monday afternoon. There, we met Jeff Jeans, a small business owner from Sedona. You might remember him from last month’s town hall meeting with Speaker Ryan.

“When I found out that I had stage 3-4 cancer, I was given six weeks to live. I thought I could just pay cash for the treatments, but the doctors needed an insurance card. Because of the Affordable Care Act, I was able to get covered, despite my pre-existing condition. Patient protections are essential. Guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions are what saves lives.

This experience changed me so profoundly, that I cried in my hospital bed because I had been wrong. I am thankful to my wife, who helped me fight for my life every step of the way. I now have compassion and empathy for others—something that I am ashamed to say I didn’t have before I was sick.

This shouldn’t be a political issue. Everyone’s life is valuable.”

Watch what happened in Flagstaff here.