Seven years before she passed, my mother was diagnosed with dementia. My brother and I spent a lot of time managing her affairs and trying to lessen her discomfort, but she spent the final moments of her life in a state of constant pain and severe anxiety. It was difficult for us to watch. Thankfully, Medicare coverage was her saving grace, like it was for so many families with similar stories. But 85% of Americans are unable to use Medicare to shield themselves from skyrocketing healthcare costs.
Our healthcare system provides less care for more money compared to every other developed country in the world. Americans are trapped by profit-focused private insurance companies into paying too much for prescription drugs. Too many patients decline or are denied life saving treatments due to cost. And too many family members have to leave their jobs to become caregivers. It doesn’t have to be that way.
In the State Legislature, I introduced a statewide Medicare-for-All bill. In Congress, I will be proud to stand with progressives like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others in supporting a national Medicare-for-All plan as well. We cannot continue simply subsidizing the private health insurance corporations that put profits over patient care. With Medicare-for-All, we can form a united front to negotiate low prices with pharmaceutical companies and no longer live in a world where a loved one can’t afford life-saving care.