If Medicare For All is a priority for you as part of the Democratic platform, please consider voting for me as one of your Bernie delegates to fight for it in Milwaukee.
I first qualified for Medicare in my early 30s due to multiple heart valve replacement surgeries. Later, I learned my family carries a dominant gene for a congenital kidney disease which, if it progresses (it had not in my family members before me, so we were unaware until it turned up in my medical imaging), leads to renal failure. Renal failure met me at the usual age for this disease, and I’m doing my best to contribute to society as I can around caring for my body. I am extremely fortunate to have my health needs met in Birmingham, and I love Alabama.
I have had for-profit health insurance in my past, and have had to fight for needed care when I was sickest.
I am deeply committed to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Rep. Primila Jayapal’s #MedicareForAll bills since I have skin in the game. Medicare has covered most of my needs, but as my cardiac and renal diseases advance, the current form of Medicare won’t cover all the care I will need. The additional coverage in Medicare For All will improve my longevity, and it will cost me less than what I pay now.
The projected concerns about the new Corona virus make clear that if ALL OF US do not have health care, then we are ALL more vulnerable. To contain this potential pandemic, we need to provide medical assistance to our brothers and sisters who contract it so that we can curtail its spread.
Unfortunately, our so-called ‘medical system’ doesn’t have society in mind when it excludes those who cannot afford to take time off when sick or to get treatment. Those of you supporting Bernie know that tens of thousands of Americans with treatable conditions die annually for lack of health care. Alabama’s travesty is that the state still refuses to take federal aid to bring Medicaid to countless Alabamians who have no reliable access to health care without Medicaid Expansion.
Medicaid is the law of the land nationally and Alabama should pass it immediately.
But in the long run, I believe Medicare For All is the more sustainable and equitable solution to keep costs contained AND make care available to everyone within sneezing distance. What I do not like about Medicaid is that it creates something of a second class of care – even the perception of it makes it unacceptable. What should qualify a person for the health care they need is that they are in possession of a body (i.e. all of us). Original Medicare desegregated hospitals, and M4A will similarly replace disparities for those who cannot access care now.
I was a Super Volunteer for Bernie in Austin in 2016 and a delegate for him to county and state conventions in Texas. I was unable to run for national delegate because my district sent one person, and coin flip determined that person would be male.
If M4A is important to you, too, please click to join the Medicare For All Birmingham Facebook Group regardless of where you are in Alabama. Let’s make 2021 the year we all have great health care!
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