With a voice that was nearly taken from him by a rare form of cancer in his larynx, Joe Merlino makes a powerful argument in favor of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
In 2014, Merlino was hospitalized after suffering an infection and complications from surgery to remove the cancer, including a condition in which his trachea shrank to just a couple of millimeters wide.
“It was like breathing through one of those little straws you stir coffee with,” he said. “Try it sometime. I guarantee it’s a terrible feeling.”