Mike Sportiello commented on Share Your Healthcare Story 2019-05-28 05:26:38 -0400Health care is an issue that affects every single person in Monroe County. The other week I cared for a little girl in clinic whose performance in school had dramatically worsened since the divorce of her parents. She was acting out in class, she wasn’t able to do her work, and she was failing her exams. Her anxiety over the issue had become debilitating. Her pediatrician, teacher, and father were all on the same page: this girl needed to go to therapy. The problem? Despite being insured, her single father, who worked a full-time job, couldn’t afford the deductible. The problems our for-profit health care system imposes on our working poor and middle class are damning, and we often talk about this problem as if the children of those families somehow avoid any harm, despite being covered by the same insurance plan as the rest of their family. As someone who works at clinics in Rochester, I can tell you firsthand that our children are directly harmed by the for-profit actors in our system. This is just one example of that.
The New York Health Act covers every New Yorker with no deductible and no copay, because we know these just get in the way of making our people healthy. It allows us health care providers to get back to the work of caring for our patients and away from aggressively arguing on the phone with for-profit health insurance companies over why a particular medication is indicated for a patient, even if it cuts into their profits.
In the face of the ongoing public health crisis, we must keep organizing for the healthcare we need.
A central piece of the Campaign for NY Health strategy to win healthcare for all is uplifting the voices and leadership of New Yorkers who have been hurt by the existing pay-or-die healthcare system. Please share your healthcare story, and we will followup with you about ways to be more involved in the fight for guaranteed universal healthcare.
- Did you or a loved get COVID? What happened?
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- Are you a healthcare worker who has seen patients delay care due to cost or insurance barriers?
- Are you concerned about losing your union health benefits due to job loss or privatization?
- Have you lost a job that provided you or your family with insurance coverage?
Are you struggling with the high cost of medical bills or medical debt?
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