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Health care legislation saved my life

I had the pleasure of attending an event for our next congresswoman from the 5th District. While listening, it occurred to me that seldom does a real issue get a real face. Turns out I am that rare example of both.

In the current confusion over health care, let me be clear: Affordable and available health care saved my life, literally. We are self-employed. In February of 2016, I had a catastrophic GI event that has lasted through today. My illness required 22 surgeries and many days of hospitalization, many of which were in the ICU. My family was told numerous times to say goodbye, I wouldn’t make it through the night. Through love, faith and a power greater than myself I lived. All of this was and is due directly to the excellent care I received at Providence and available only because of the Washington Healthcare Exchange.

I live today because of the wisdom, clarity and purpose of those who legislated with integrity and purpose. In my estimation, Lisa Brown is the only candidate from our district who consistently shows those qualities.

To me, our landscape seems tilted by partisanship and those who speak and lead only for favor. I survived because the clarity and purpose of people like Lisa Brown, please support her as I do.

Brian Butler



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