From the Abigail Spanberger for Congress campaign:
WATCH: Spanberger Highlights Record on Healthcare, Fighting for Central Virginia Patients & Providers in Latest Ad
In “Nurse,” the Congresswoman Recalls Her Childhood Growing Up as the Daughter of a Nurse
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, Spanberger has been Fighting for Additional PPE for Frontline Healthcare Workers, Strong Assistance to Long-Term Care Facilities, & Improved Access to Testing and Telehealth Services
GLEN ALLEN, VA — Rep. Abigail Spanberger today released her latest ad, “Nurse.”
In her new ad, Spanberger recalls growing up as the daughter of a nurse — and reflects on how she uses that experience to inform her work to protect Central Virginia patients, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Spanberger has fought to provide frontline healthcare workers with the personal protective equipment they need to keep our communities safe. Additionally, she has worked to maintain and expand critical telehealth services for Central Virginia seniors and veterans. And she has consistently pushed both parties to find common ground on delivering much-needed federal support to hospitals, nursing homes, and community health centers.
“Every day, my mom demonstrated the long hours, sacrifices, and extraordinary courage displayed by those on the front lines of our country’s healthcare system — often without any form of recognition. My mom’s dedication to her patients — and the stories she shared about their hardships and triumphs, respecting HIPAA of course — inform my work every day in Congress,” said Spanberger. “When COVID-19 began spreading to Central Virginia’s communities, we saw the dedication of our frontline doctors, nurses, and caregivers on full display. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been committed to having their backs. Our top priorities must include securing additional PPE, speaking up for our long-term care residents, improving access to lifesaving telehealth services, and pushing the administration to improve our national COVID-19 testing capabilities. In the weeks and months to come, I’ll keep fighting for our most vulnerable communities and those who work tirelessly to keep them safe.”
Spanberger has been focused on meeting the healthcare and economic needs of Central Virginians throughout the pandemic, including during its earliest days in the United States. In early March 2020, Spanberger joined a bipartisan meeting at the White House to meet with Dr. Deborah Birx and Vice President Pence. During the meeting, she specifically brought up the concerns of Central Virginia healthcare workers.
“Nurse” also highlights Spanberger’s work efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Central Virginia seniors and families. Last year, she led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to help lower drug costs and bring greater transparency to prescription drug negotiations. Her legislation passed by a vote of 403 to 0. Additionally, Spanberger cosponsored and voted to pass legislation to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices — which would increase competition and lower costs for thousands across Virginia.
Click here to watch the full ad.