Washington doctor brings personal touch to health care message in House campaign

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By Associated Press

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — In her election ads, Dr. Kim Schrier wears a white doctor’s coat as she declares that health care is a right.

She talks about her Type 1 diabetes, her concern as a parent over President Donald Trump’s policies and how she counsels families of depressed teen boys as a longtime pediatrician.

The Democrat running for an open U.S. House seat in Washington is framing her candidacy around health care issues with a personal touch, hoping that the popularity of aspects of former President Barack Obama’s health care law and support for improving access to medical care drives her to victory.

“I don’t think there’s anything radical about wanting people in this country to have health care,” Schrier said at an Oct. 17 debate with Republican opponent Dino Rossi, a longtime state lawmaker.

Schrier and the Democratic Party have focused on the health law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions after the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare last year.