Xavier Becerra is the 25th Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the first Latino to hold office in the history of the United States. He served 12 terms in Congress as a member of the US House of Representatives and as the Attorney General of the state of California. In this blog, he has written about how his family’s health made him realize that affordable healthcare is a ” must for all “.
- Becerra expressed how he had learned what it felt like to have health insurance the day his mother was rushed to the hospital. He recollected how frightened he was. His father was a construction worker with a sixth-grade education who had health insurance through his union, Laborers’ Local 185 in Northern California. So there was no question or hesitation to take his mother to the hospital. The coverage saved her life.
- He said, “Growing up, my family didn’t have much, but we did have passage to health care – and importantly, the peace of mind that comes with it. Decades on, the memories of my mother’s health care are still vivid in my mind. I’m reminded of how different her consequences would have been if she had not been insured.”
- He felt highly grateful towards Obama-Biden Administration and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has benefited more than 18 million Americans to gain the freedom from worry that came with having extensive health coverage.
- He reflected on his childhood saying, “I recollect a lot from my youth — working construction with my father under the sweltering sun, spending happy days visiting national parks with my family, and learning to make do with what we had. I also remember the security and relief that comes with health coverage — knowing that my mom was going to get the care she needed. That’s what the US Department of Health & Human Services is working toward — so all Americans can have quality, affordable health care, and the same honor and peace of mind that my family enjoyed.”