Tiverton Resident to Join Cicilline for State of the Union

Jan 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today announced that Bridget Santos, a 23-year old Rhode Island resident who received coverage for hip replacement surgery through the Affordable Care Act, will join him in Washington later this month for President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

“I’m proud to be attending the State of the Union with Congressman Cicilline, who has been a strong champion for the Affordable Care Act. No American should ever have to worry about whether they can afford health care,” said Santos. “I know that I wouldn’t even be able to attend this year’s State of the Union without the critical benefits I’ve gotten through the Affordable Care Act. I hope my being there will remind every member of Congress that the American people have benefitted from this law.”

“Bridget Santos is a courageous young woman. Over the course of her life, she’s endured more suffering than most her age, but she is thriving today because she could afford critical health care services,” added Cicilline. “Republicans are going to have to answer for their efforts to go back to a time when folks like Bridget couldn’t afford health care because of a pre-existing condition.”

As a child, Bridget was diagnosed with hip dysplasia – a congenital condition in which the hip joint fails to develop normally. Complications that resulted from a series of operations resulted in her developing acute arthritis that could only be corrected through hip replacement surgery.

Bridget, who lives in Tiverton, was not a candidate for hip replacement until she entered adulthood, as surgeons recommend against performing the procedure on patients who have not yet completed adolescence.

Despite her pre-existing condition, and her mother losing her job last year, Bridget was approved for the operation a year ago thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Today, she lives pain-free, works a full-time job, and is considering going back to college to complete her degree.

Bridget’s health care coverage, however, is in jeopardy after Republicans passed a tax bill last month that will help unravel the Affordable Care Act. According to the HealthSourceRI, premiums will increase as much as 52% over the next three years. Nationwide, 13 million Americans will lose their health care coverage as a result.

Cicilline, who serves in the House Democratic Leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), has been a relentless advocate for protecting and expanding the critical benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act.