I’ve been a nurse for 20 years. I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that every one of my patients receives the care that they need, but it’s not always enough. To help my poor and rural patients, I started a non-emergency medical transportation service to help chronically ill patients to and from their appointments. Still, so many in my community lack access to affordable healthcare, my family included.
In 2013, my husband had a seizure in our home. He was taken by medical helicopter to the hospital, where a large brain tumor was found and removed. He lost the ability to walk, but he made a full recovery by the grace of God. I am thankful every day that my husband is still with us.
During his recovery, we faced enormous challenges, not just with his health but with our debt. Because his employee health insurance had lapsed, his treatment cost us nearly $500,000.
It is unacceptable that any American is driven to bankruptcy by medical debt through no fault of their own, let alone the tens of thousands that are every year. We don’t just need to make insurance more affordable; we need to make healthcare more affordable. That’s why I am proud to support the Medicare for All Act, to ensure that everyone in my community, and yours, can get the treatment they need and deserve.