Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks breast cancer: ‘It’s personal’

September 6, 2012

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s voice cracked Thursday night at she told her fellow Democrats that when she thinks back on telling them how high the stakes were for the country in ’08, “what I didn’t tell you was how high the stakes were for my family.’’

In ’07, the Florida congresswoman was diagnosed with breast cancer and went on to have seven surgeries. Thanks to good insurance and good medical care, “Today I stand before you as a survivor. But like every breast cancer survivor, I now have a pre-existing condition.’’ In America, she argued, no one should have to face that terror without health insurance, or go broke paying for care.

“So it’s personal,’’ she told the crowd, and when Mitt Romney promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, “that’s personal, too. This election is personal for every American.’’

In closing, she promised that “over the next two months, no one will outwork us,’’ and asked those in the hall and watching her on television to help her make good on that promise.

Melinda Henneberger has been writing about politics and culture for the Washington Post since 2011.
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