5 thoughts on “Economic and healthcare crisis in the USA

  1. Four years ago yesterday, Charlene Dill died of heart disease on a stranger’s floor, while trying to sell a vacuum cleaner. She was 32 years old.

    Charlene was my constituent. She was a single mother to three beautiful children, and worked three jobs, in an attempt to make ends meet. Despite these three jobs, she had made only $11,000 the previous year. Charlene knew she had a heart problem, but she couldn’t afford the medications, nor the frequent visits to the doctor, nor could she afford standard health coverage. And because she made more than $5,400, she was not eligible for free or reduced-cost coverage under Florida Medicaid.

    Floridians with annual incomes between $5,400 and $11,400 are stuck in the “Medicaid expansion gap.” Charlene Dill was one of an estimated 1 million uninsured Floridians who fell into that gap that year. It cost Charlene her life, and it cost her three children their mother.

    Some nights, when I’m burning the midnight oil, trying to figure out how to convince my colleagues in Congress to sign onto a Medicare-for-all health coverage program, I think about Charlene. I think about the fact that four years later, our state still hasn’t expanded Medicaid coverage, even though most other states have. And I’m reminded of why every hour I spend working late, and why every moment I spend trying to get elected to the Senate, is worth it.

    Charlene Dill didn’t have to die. And if I’m elected to the Senate this November, I’m going to fight like hell to make sure this kind of tragedy never happens again.

    Chip in $10 now to help me continue my fight for universal health care in the U.S. Senate >>

    Courage,

    Alan Grayson

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