Julia Louis-Dreyfus uses breast cancer diagnosis to push universal health care


‘The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and 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.’


That’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus sharing with the world on Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote. “Today, I’m the one.”

Dreyfus also took the opportunity to wade into the thorny issue of health-care, making it personal much like Jimmy Kimmel has done with his child’s condition.

Her publicist told the Associated Press that there are no further details about her condition and that the actress “is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and well wishes.”

The news hits closely on the heels of Dreyfus winning a sixth Emmy for her starring role in “Veep,” the hit HBO series.

“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO said in a statement. “We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.”

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