Lauren Underwood visits McHenry County, rallies supporters

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Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse, was joined by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., at the Deer Path of Huntley assisted living center.

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Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse, was joined by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., at the Deer Path of Huntley assisted living center.

The woman hoping to represent the state’s 14th Congressional District energized supporters Thursday during a tour across McHenry County.

Democrat Lauren Underwood of Naperville is running against incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in a tight race that has garnered national attention.

Underwood, a registered nurse, was joined by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., at the Deer Path of Huntley assisted living center.

Underwood said she’s committed to ensuring every American has access to quality, affordable health care.

“Health care touches everybody’s life,” Underwood said. “It’s life and death for so many people.”

Underwood suffers from a heart condition that would qualify as a pre-existing condition.

“What I will not do is tolerate cuts to Medicare,” she told the crowd, adding that she was inspired to run because of attacks on the Affordable Care Act.

“Randy Hultgren has voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program,” Underwood said. “Those kinds of actions are unacceptable. We need to make sure that the American people have programs like Medicare and Social Security to provide retirement security, to allow folks to have high-quality health care through old age and through the rest of their lives.”

Underwood has made health care – particularly protecting patients with pre-existing conditions against repeals of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act – a cornerstone of her campaign.

Kennedy, who endorsed Underwood, said he believes she has a vision for the future that will protect the nation’s most vulnerable.

“Lauren is, I think, an extraordinary young woman, a dynamic candidate,” Kennedy said. “At a time across this country where we’ve got an awful lot of doubts about government’s commitment to make sure that there’s going to be a health care system there when people need it, you’ve got somebody in Lauren who has dedicated her life to treating patients that are sick, to making sure that they get well. That has experienced the trials of the health care system as someone with a pre-existing condition, and has the courage to run a race and get out and in contact with voters all across the district to try and channel their hopes and aspirations and concerns and fears as a member of the federal government.”

Underwood also stopped by McHenry County College in Crystal Lake and the Historic Woodstock Square on Thursday.

Hultgren holds one of the 23 seats Democrats hope to flip Nov. 6 with a so-called “blue wave” and retake the U.S. House.

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October 26, 2018 at 01:18AM

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