Peter Keenan, Elmira

My name is Peter Keenan and I live in Elmira, NY. I work for a nonprofit company in Binghamton that provides residential treatment and services to abused and neglected children, and my wife is a stay at home mother to our three little boys.

I have osteoarthritis, which has become worse over time because I have had to delay treatment, like my hip replacements, because of the cost. Healthcare is a human right. It boils down to the people that we’re talking about: people like us, like your neighbors, like your parents and grandparents, the person checking you out at the grocery store, the nurse at your doctor’s office, the children that you teach at school - people with healthcare issues are all around us. We’re one and the same, and no one deserves to go without care when we as a society can help them. It’s up to all of us. We’re all in this together.