Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin delivered an impassioned plea for Medicare for All legislation on Tuesday, recalling his battle with colon cancer nearly a decade ago.

Nine years ago, Raskin, then a state senator, went to see his doctor for reflux systems, he said.

When he woke up from tests, they told him, “Well, we’ve got good news and bad news. The endoscopy went fine but we found something in the colonoscopy.” He was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, for which he underwent radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

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