Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a personal story about her father's death from cancer during a hearing on Friday about the prices of prescription drugs.
"When I was 16 years old, my father was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer," the congresswoman from New York said at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Friday.
"He was in experimental tests to save his life. My family almost lost our house … to keep him alive and just keep our family together. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez said she worked as a bartender in a restaurant to support her family after her father, Sergio Ocasio-Roman, died of a rare form of lung cancer.
House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can be seen on Friday at a House Oversight Committee hearing
Ocasio-Cortez is seen as a baby with her father Sergio Ocasio-Roman, an architect and the CEO of his own company. He died of lung cancer in 2008
Ocasio-Cortez is seen as a young girl with her father. The family moved to Westchester County when she was five and then went to Yorktown High School
Ocasio-Cortez was born in 1989 from parents Sergio Ocasio-Roman, who was born in New York City, and mother Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, a native of Puerto Rico.
Her father, who died tragically from lung cancer in 2008, was an architect and the CEO of Kirschenbaum & Ocasio-Roman Architects, PC, who focused on renovation and renovation.
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign biography describes her father as & # 39; owner of a small business & # 39 ;.
& # 39; She grew up in a working-class household, where her mother cleaned houses and everyone in the family business played & # 39 ;, the bio continues.
Initially, the young family lived in Parkchester, a planned community of 171 medium-height brick buildings in the Bronx.
When she was about five, the Ocasio-Cortez family moved to a quaint three-bedroom home in Yorktown Heights, New York.
The house, a ground floor story with a finished basement, was last sold for $ 355,000 in 2016.
The Ocasio-Cortez family moved to this house in Yorktown Heights, New York at the age of five and lived there until they left to study at Boston University
Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (above) from Maryland. The committee has been investigating the prices of prescription drugs since January
The average annual income in the area is $ 116,741, compared to the average annual income of $ 48,315 in Parkchester.
Ocasio-Cortez discussed the price of insulin on Friday with a witness, Sa'ra Skipper, an Indianapolis woman who testified before the commission on Friday.
Skipper told the panel that although she has health insurance, it costs her $ 1,000 a month.
She said she and her sister both have Type 1 diabetes.
Things started to "get out of hand" when her mother lost her job and coverage, she said in response from WJZ TV.
"I was really scared," Skipper told the committee.
"A few months ago after she lost her job, I was suicidal because I didn't want to keep struggling.
"I didn't know how my sister and I would do it."
Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland.
The committee has been investigating the prices of prescription drugs since January.
Cummings has recently been in the news thanks to the Twitter attacks by President Trump who denigrate his district.
Cummings represents the seventh congress district of Maryland, which includes half the city of Baltimore.
Trump has been accused of racism after referring to Baltimore as a & # 39; rodent-ridden & # 39 ;.
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