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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Turned Her Breast Cancer News Into a Call For Universal Healthcare

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Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced today that she has breast cancer. As Adweek reporter Sami Main pointed out, remarkably, the actress used her news as a plea for universal healthcare.

Louis-Dreyfus wrote on Twitter:

1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.

The 56-year-old actress endorsed Hillary Clinton for president last year and top Democrats reportedly asked her to run for office; though it's unclear when that happened.

The concept of universal healthcare has been gaining steam: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently introduced a Medicare for All bill that would lead to universal coverage over a four-year period.

Representatives for HBO told People that the actress learned she had cancer just one day after she won her sixth consecutive Emmy for portraying Selina Meyer; a record for most wins for the same role on the same series. HBO said the show's production schedule will be adjusted as needed.

In a very sweet moment, breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate reached out to offer support.

Would it be too much to ask for JLD to go on Jimmy Kimmel to talk about healthcare?

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