Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, introduced Anton Gunn at the organization’s Health Action 2013 conference last week by jokingly calling his appearance “the return of the prodigal son.” Gunn, a former Families USA Health Advocate of the Year, was at the Washington, D.C., event to represent the Department of Health and Human Services in his capacity as director for external affairs.

“I want to bring you greetings on behalf of Secretary Sibelius. … She is committed to implementation of the [Patient Protection and] Affordable Care Act; that is her No. 1 priority at the department,” said Gunn, who in 2008 was the first African-American elected to represent his district in the South Carolina House of Representatives. “It’s time to stop talking about it and time to be it.”

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