I grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania to two hardworking parents. My father worked in State Stores as a member of the UFCW Local 1776 and my mother built a strong family. We were a lower-middle-class working family living in a red brick ranch house in Richland Township. We shopped at stores like Sears and K-Mart and took vacations down the shore in Ocean City, NJ. Life was challenging, but we had safety nets like my father's union job, subsidized school lunches, and heating assistance.
In March 2015, for the first time in 9 years since I left my communications job in D.C, I had health insurance. One month earlier, Gov. Tom Wolf did the right thing in accepting Federal Medicaid expansion funding under the Affordable Care Act. Fast forward to 2016, Medicaid Expansion saved my life and saved me from medical bankruptcy. After a colonoscopy during which a mass was found and biopsied, I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. A few weeks later I underwent successful surgery to remove the tumor. In March 2016 I started 12 cycles of chemotherapy over six months. Thus far I have undergone two post-chemo CAT scans with negative results.
Throughout 2017 and to the present, I have been very active in fighting to protect the ACA and Medicaid. Sharing my cancer story, I have spoken at many rallies, been interviewed by numerous media outlets and lobbied lawmakers in Washington and Harrisburg. I have been recognized by the PA Health Access Network as Activist of the Year in 2017 for my advocacy.
This November 6th, you have a choice between moving forward or the status quo. Please vote for me, Brian Kline on Tuesday, November 6th.