Washington, DC– Leslie Dach, chair of Protect Our Care, issued a statement on the passing of former Michigan Congressman and Dean of the House John Dingell, Jr. yesterday evening:

“We express our deepest condolences to the Dingell family during this painful time. John Dingell was a health care champion. In 1955, he introduced a bill for universal health coverage. In 1965 he presided over the House as Medicare became law. In 2009 he was the primary House sponsor of the Affordable Care Act. Every day of his 59 years in the House, he fought for better health care for America. We all owe him our gratitude. His six decades of leadership and his unique sense of humor will be greatly missed.”