Corporate healthcare cost my mother her life
Like many of you, I’ve felt the impact of our broken healthcare system on a very personal level. I lost my mom to the corporate greed of the health insurance industry.
She had gone into the hospital for an operation and as they prepared to discharge her the next day, she could tell something was wrong. She pleaded for more time, but her doctor had no choice – her insurance company would only pay for one night’s stay in the hospital.
The infection and complications she developed as a result took her life. All because the insurance company didn’t want to pay for the care she needed.
The wait for Medicare for All is, quite literally, killing us.
People are rationing their insulin and skipping medications because Americans pay 256% more for our prescription drugs than other developed countries.
They are delaying treatment because they’re afraid of skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs, and dying because of it.
Doctors spend as much time fighting with insurance companies to approve essential medical treatments as they spend treating patients.
I believe healthcare is a human right, and I am committed to passing Medicare for All.
I’ve been fighting for universal healthcare for over a decade. As a board member for Whole Washington, I’ve helped lead the effort to get a state-funded single-payer system on the ballot here in my home state.
Passing universal healthcare on a state-by-state basis will help millions of Americans who can’t get the care they need right now. But it isn’t enough. We need healthcare for ALL Americans.
My opponent in this race is a former lobbyist for the dental industry who fiercely opposes single-payer healthcare.
My mother’s death was preventable, and so are the estimated 68K deaths that happen every year because people can’t get the treatment they need.
I will keep fighting for single payer until EVERY American is covered – in full, for free.
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