Clinton makes stop in Haverford today
HAVERFORD >> A local woman featured in an ad campaign for Hillary Clinton will be featured in the Democratic presidential nominee’s first visit to Delaware County this election season today.
At 11:30 a.m., Clinton will speak at the Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center. Joined by daughter Chelsea Clinton and actress Elizabeth Banks, a Penn alumna, the women will focus on Clinton’s agenda to support children and families.
Highlighting during the speech will be the story of Amanda Strine, a Media resident whose daughter, Kayla, 14, received crucial health care coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Recently, television and radio campaigns have highlighted the story of the Strine family.
“It was amazing and such life saver for us to have CHIP. It was instrumental to get my daughter the care and medicine she needed,” Strine said. “I just feel overwhelmingly grateful that she (Clinton) is such an advocate for children and children’s health for decades now. We’re benefiting from CHIP. It’s really important to be a part of this.”
At the age of 9, Kayle was double diagnosed with Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Strine said POTS affects her daughter in way that when she stands up, the blood that drops to her lower extremities has difficulty pumping back upward, causing dizziness, nausea and other issues. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is connected tissue disorder that affects digestion, heart rate and blood pressure.
Strine said that just one of the pills her daughter takes costs $2,000 a month, but under the CHIP program she and her husband pay just $6 a month for the prescription.
“When we signed up for the Affordable Care Act, it automatically booted our kids into applying for CHIP,” Strine said. “We realized how inexpensive it was, and that all our children were able to get very low copays.”
The Clinton campaign put out a request to families who have benefited for the CHIP program to be featured in an ad campaign promoting it. Strine said she submitted her story and soon thereafter the Clinton campaign reached out and requested to come to her house, interview the family and document their daily routine.
“She was bed-bound, had difficulty getting out of bed, she lost a ton of weight, it made her weaker,” Strine said. “But now she’s able to go to school full time, participate in activities after school and live a pretty normal teenage life.”
The new radio campaign can be listened online here: https://soundcloud.com/hillary-clinton-976818877/amanda-hillaryclinton/s-Xnl7P.
And the television advertisement can be seen here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYYQ0IBftio.
A Google search for “Kayla Strine Hillary Clinton” will additionally produce results.
Today, visitors hoping for a chance to hear Clinton and company speak should arrive early, as parking will be extremely limited. According to the Hillary Clinton website, the submissions for admission to the event has already reached capacity.