New Slotkin TV ad: ‘Mom, I’m nowhere done fighting’
September 16, 2020
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) today unveiled a new television ad highlighting her fight to lower prescription drug costs and protect health care coverage for millions – a fight directly related to her own family’s story.
“My mom was a fighter, a survivor, but she couldn’t afford her health insurance, and her cancer came back,” Slotkin says as viewers see photos of her mother, who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer. Slotkin’s mom had breast cancer as a young mother, a pre-existing condition that made health insurance more expensive the rest of her life. When she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, she had let her coverage lapse because of the cost.
The spot began airing today on broadcast and cable outlets across the district, and will feature in the campaign’s extensive digital voter outreach as well.
“I think about her every day,” Slotkin says in the ad. “I see her in the people I meet struggling to pay for their prescriptions. It’s why I passed a bill requiring drug companies to disclose the true cost of medicine, and it’s my mission to ensure no one loses insurance when they get sick.”
She closes the ad: “I approved this message because, Mom, I’m nowhere near done fighting.”
Slotkin has been at the forefront of efforts to protect those, like her mother, with pre-existing conditions. She has called on the Trump administration to abandon a lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn those protections. Slotkin’s opponent, Paul Junge, has refused to denounce that lawsuit, under-cutting his claims that he supports protections for pre-existing conditions.
Slotkin’s Real Time Benefits Act, which would help lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs by giving patients and doctors real-time updates on the price of prescription drugs before they leave the doctor’s office, passed the House as part of drug-price legislation with broad bipartisan support.