Rep. Karen Handel (R, GA-6) has released her second television ad for her re-election campaign. The ad, entitled “Right to Try,” will run on television in the Atlanta area and on other digital outlets.
From a press release:
The ad features the medical journey of Karen’s younger sister who, as a an infant, received breakthrough surgery that saved her life. Handel has frequently referenced her sister’s health issues as she has worked to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and ensure that those fighting for their lives have access to emerging medical procedures and medicines.
“My family knows what heartbreak feels like” said Handel. “We also know the power of hope. Those facing a terminal illness or condition that cannot be treated with existing medicines and procedures must be able to make the best health care decision they can and have the right to explore investigational treatment. Further, these critical health care decisions must be between them and their doctors.”
S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017, allows terminally ill patients, together with their doctors, to administer investigational treatments where no alternative exists. Forty states have already enacted similar ‘Right to Try’ legislation. This bill creates a pathway in federal law consistent with those state efforts.