Sima Ladjevardian’s Response for 700,000 Uninsured Texans Due to COVID-19

July 14, 2020

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today, TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement on the 700,000 Texans who have lost their health care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the nonpartisan group Families USA:

"As a breast cancer survivor, I stand here today because of preventive health care and affordable treatments. That’s what makes these findings particularly disturbing. Too many Texans are being forced to choose between life saving medication and feeding their family while shameless politicians like Congressman Dan Crenshaw downplay this virus and spread dangerous disinformation. If Crenshaw and Texas Republicans have their way, two million more Texans would lose their coverage and the Affordable Care Act would be ripped apart. It’s unacceptable, and Houstonians will hold Crenshaw accountable for his votes come November.

“In Congress, I will fight to make health care more affordable, take on drug companies to lower their exorbitant costs, and protect coverage for Texans with pre-existing conditions — including those with lifelong side effects from COVID-19.”

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Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.

Sima has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julian Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia.

Sima Ladjevardian’s Response for 700,000 Uninsured Texans Due to COVID-19