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4:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Pryor Highlights His Cancer Fight To Explain Support For 'Obamacare'

An image from Sen. Mark Pryor's new campaign ad, explaining his support for the national healthcare law.
An image from Sen. Mark Pryor's new campaign ad, explaining his support for the national healthcare law.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.

The Democrat, who is in a tough re-election battle, fought a clear-cell sarcoma discovered after an ankle injury. He had five weeks of chemotherapy and a 13-hour surgery.

In a 30-second advertisement, Pryor says the experience helped him back a law that prevents insurers from canceling policies if someone gets sick or denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. He does not mention the Affordable Care Act by name.

The campaign of his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, said "Obamacare" isn't needed and has harmed the middle class and small businesses.