After Mother Dies, Eleven-Year-Old Tells Senate “Get The Health Care Bill Passed”

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From The Huffington Post

Marcelas Owens, an 11-year-old from Seattle, headlined a press conference with Senate Democratic leadership on Thursday, telling a packed room of reporters that he wanted the president and Congress to come together and pass health insurance reform.

“I am here because of my mom,” said Owens. “My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life.”

He continued, “I don’t want any other kids to go through the pain that our family has gone through. My grandma and I want Barack Obama and Congress and everybody to come together and to help get the health care bill passed.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has been telling her constituent’s story for months, most notably at the White House health care summit in February. Speaking before Owens, she recalled how she met him at a rally in Washington.

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