Newswire (Published: Thursday, September 27, 2018, Received: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 3:51:57 PM CDT)
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However, for persons with preexisting health issues whose ability to have health insurance is threatened by Trump administration attacks on the Affordable Care Act as well as by 20 state attorneys general (
"He really believes in health care as a human right, by way of the fact he would always bring medical supplies and medicine back to
Raoul serves in the
"I lost him to prostate cancer, the same disease that took his father and his mother's father," Raoul told The American. "And it struck uncles of both sides of the family, so as I've gone to my personal physician through the years, I knew it was incumbent upon me to make sure that when I was asked that question about family history, that I was able to answer 'prostate cancer' and go through my screenings."
Raoul and his doctors, aware of his strong family history, were watching and screening, which saved his life. Health insurance gave him choices.
"My access to health care allowed me to make that decision and shop for the best surgeon I could find, and the surgery was successful, so in all likelihood I am cured of that cancer," Raoul said.
"When people are debating about this notion of access to health care, and saying that some people should have it and some shouldn't, and some people's preexisting conditions should not be covered knowing what it means from a very personal standpoint, that it's lifesaving is more than just a political talking point. It is very personal to me."
He said the thought of repealing the Affordable Care Act is unconscionable and makes Democratic attorneys general at the state level crucial.
"It is Democratic attorney generals that have stepped up to defend the Affordable Care Act where the federal government has not," Raoul said. "That's why it is so critical who we elect to these attorney general positions, not only in my state, but throughout the country, because some of these actions that are being taken by attorney generals are to protect people in life and death situations."
As Raoul shares his personal story about prostate cancer, he meets many others who have been affected by the disease.
"There are several people who approach me afterwards who would say they were either currently dealing with prostate cancer, or some other cancer, or had a relative who they lost to it," Raoul said. "This disease hits people, no matter what region you are from, and this is something that doesn't spare people based on political party, what state they are from or what part of the state they are from. Cancer hits all families, and access to health care is essential to all families."
Raoul said another crucial action is for men to open up about health care.
"It's critically important for