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Trailer | Not Going Quietly

A rising star in progressive politics and new father, Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS. After a chance encounter with a powerful Senator on an airplane catapults him to fame, Ady and a motley crew of activists ignite a once-in-a-generation movement for universal healthcare, in a journey that transforms his belief in what is possible for the country and for his family.

AIRED: October 25, 2021 | 0:02:23
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Now, I wanna have a chance to tell

the story about my friend Ady Barkan.

He's been an activist and organizer

all of his life.

With us today is Ady Barkan.

I can't do Ady's story justice

I will let him tell it.

After Carl was born,

we felt like we had reached the mountaintop.

Say hi!

And then, out of the clear blue sky,

we were struck by lightning.

I was diagnosed with ALS today.

The knowledge that I was dying was terrible,

but dealing with my insurance company

was even worse.

I wanted to spend every moment

I had left with Rachael and Carl,

but then Congress came after our healthcare.

I couldn't stay quiet any longer.

My next guest made headlines

when he confronted a Republican senator

on an airplane.

This your moment to be

an American hero.

All right!

Ready to rumble.

We decided to start a movement

to urge people to stand up,

confront the elected officials.

Paul Ryan, I'm gonna knock on your door!

Did you just get out of jail?

Are you gonna keep protesting on Monday?

F * * * yeah!

What do we want?

Healthcare!

I am willing to give my last breath

to save our democracy.

What are you willing to give?

Liz, I'm having trouble breathing.

I just think we have to stop.

Our time on this earth is the most precious

resource we have.

Carl, I love you so much.

Movement building allows me to transcend

my body.

And that's the beauty of democracy,

that together we can be more

than our individual selves.

The paradox of my situation is...

the weaker I get,

the louder I become.

Who's that?

Abba! (Dad!)

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