Ady Barkan can’t speak without electronic assistance anymore. But he’s still being heard in the 2020 campaign for president.

Barkan has emerged as one of the country’s most visible progressive activists for health care since 2017, when he was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. A new father given just years to live, Barkan literally threw his body into action, protesting Republican initiatives at the U.S. Capitol, crisscrossing the country and raising millions of dollars for political campaigns. By his count, he has been arrested at the Capitol seven or eight times as of March.

Barkan’s name came up after the first round of the Democratic presidential debate last night, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who supports the universal, government-run healthcare proposal known as Medicare for All, cited Barkan’s personal story as an example of the shortfalls of private insurance. […]