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In 2017, demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil demanding a town hall meeting with Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) to discuss the Trump administration's immigration and healthcare policies. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

In 2017, demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil demanding a town hall meeting with Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) to discuss the Trump administration's immigration and healthcare policies. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A few short years ago, Kim Adams couldn’t have told you the name of her representative in Congress.

That changed last year, when Republican Rep. Mimi Walters voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act as Adams watched live on C-Span from her home in Tustin. News cameras showed a smiling Walters taking a celebratory selfie in the White House rose garden after the vote on the Obama-era healthcare law.

That, Adams said, made things personal. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, Adams lost her small business as her health deteriorated and she eventually got to a point where she could no longer afford her health insurance premiums. For three years, the single mother was uninsured and unable to get treated for her MS — until the Affordable Care Act kicked in. And her congresswoman had voted to take it away.

“I told people, she’s got a bull’s-eye on her back now from me,” Adams recalled. “I understood the deep and lasting ramifications of repealing that and the millions of Americans that would undergo the same kind of devastation I did.”

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