Health care activist Ady Barkan, who is paralyzed due to his ALS illness, publicly challenged Democratic nominee Joe Biden to support Medicare for All (which Biden claimed is as bad as the Republicans trying to repealing Obamacare and opposes during the COVID-19 pandemic).
Barkan, who has to use a computer to speak, made his case for universal healthcare during the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 18, notes Democracy Now:
Like so many of you, I have experienced the ways our healthcare system is fundamentally broken — enormous costs, denied claims, dehumanizing treatment when we are most in need.
Since my shocking diagnosis, I have traveled the country meeting countless patients like me, demanding more of our representatives and our democracy. Today we are witnessing the tragic consequences of our failing healthcare system.
In the midst of a pandemic, nearly 100 million Americans do not have sufficient health insurance. And even good insurance does not cover essential needs like long-term care. Our loved ones are dying in unsafe nursing homes, our nurses are overwhelmed and unprotected, and our essential workers are treated as dispensable.
We live in the richest country in history, and yet we do not guarantee this most basic human right. Everyone living in America should get the healthcare they need, regardless of their employment status or ability to pay.
Even during this terrible crisis, Donald Trump and Republican politicians are trying to take away millions of people’s health insurance. With the existential threat of another four years of this president, we all have a profound obligation to act — not only to vote, but to make sure that our friends, family and neighbors vote, as well.
(Source: Democracy Now)