A health care advocate and community leader
Quinn Nystrom is a health care advocate and community leader running for Congress to fight for Minnesota working families. When Quinn was 10 years old, her younger brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She promised him that she would fight for a cure and started going door-to-door to raise research funds. A few years later, Quinn, too, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association selected her to be their national youth advocate when she was a teenager, and she traveled the country to raise awareness of this chronic condition. Quinn is now a speaker, writer, and consultant, and she has dedicated her career to public service by advocating for accessible health care and affordable prescription drug coverage. When she was 28, she became the youngest person and only woman at the time to serve on the Baxter City Council. Quinn earned a reputation as a leader who was always accessible to her constituents and able to deliver results. A fourth-generation resident of Crow Wing County, Quinn has deep roots in the community she and her husband Paul are proud to call home.
A champion for Minnesota working families
Quinn knows just how unaffordable health care is in America, and she is running for Congress to fix it. Last year, Quinn paid over $10,000 in out-of-pocket costs associated with her Type 1 diabetes — even with insurance. “Insulin is my oxygen; I die without it, she has said. “For others, it’s their EpiPen or cancer drugs. High blood pressure medication, asthma inhalers, eye drops — for many Americans, access to these medications is the difference between life and death.” Quinn is a small-business owner and lost 90 percent of her income when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Unable to afford her next week of health care costs, she and her now-husband, having originally planned to get married on New Year’s Eve, found an open courthouse and — just hours before courts were ordered closed statewide — were married, making Quinn eligible for his health care plan. “Despite all this, I know I’m lucky,” she has said. “Not everyone has a loving fiancé with a great employer-sponsored health care plan. Not everybody has a safety net or a family member who can help them pay their bills. Before the pandemic, more than 40 percent of Americans couldn’t afford a $400 unexpected expense. Now, over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment and the University of Minnesota is projecting that over 18 million will lose their health care. People are dying in our country during this pandemic because they can’t afford their medical care. It’s unacceptable.” Quinn has never backed down in the face of adversity, and in this time of crisis, she has what it takes to get results for Minnesota working families.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Quinn is challenging Republican Congressman Pete Stauber, a vulnerable incumbent who represents a swing seat in this battleground state. Extremist Stauber’s record of failure has hurt the working families he was elected to serve, and we have the opportunity to help Quinn flip this seat and strengthen our House majority. Let’s show Quinn the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for Minnesota working families to Congress.