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Las Vegas woman makes viral video to get Senator Dean Heller's attention

Posted at 11:42 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 20:25:05-04

A Las Vegas woman says she's breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now, after word that Republican leaders in the Senate don't appear to have enough votes to pass an Obamacare overhaul. Laura Packard is determined to make sure lawmakers like Nevada Senator Dean Heller understand why she's so passionate.

Packard has stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma and says she relies on her current health insurance to keep her alive so she made a video to grab the attention of Senator Dean Heller. The video is going viral.

"The good news is that my doctors believe I can be cured, I just need to keep my health insurance," said Packard in the viral video.

So that is what Packard is aiming to do.

She was diagnosed with stage four cancer in April and has already racked up more than $200,000 in medical bills. So far, she's only had to pay $250 thanks to her insurance. 

Packard fears she won't have that kind of coverage under a new healthcare policy.

Packard says she has reached out to Senator Dean Heller's office multiple times but has only gotten three form letters in return. So she made the video.

"I'm begging Senator Heller, on days when I can't get out of bed, please get out of bed, and be my  legs, be my arms, vote no on Trumpcare and save my life," Packard says in the video.