Lincoln, my friend of 20 years, called in early April to let me know that he had taken his mother to the doctor on two separate occasions and her symptoms were minimized, dismissed and she was sent home. The third and final time the staff decided to test her. That’s when they discovered his mother had COVID-19. She died later that day.
The pandemic has wrought pain and death on our neighbors, friends, and coworkers and has hurt the economic well-being of Americans. It’s also shown the woeful inadequacy of our current patchwork health care system.
One of the key factors causing Americans to die from COVID-19 is the U.S. for-profit health care system itself. And yes, it’s worse here than in other countries.
The Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care condemns the murder of George Floyd as an act of the pervasive racism that has led to the deaths of black, indigenous, people of color through violence, poverty, and unabated discrimination in all areas of life, including health care.
It’s time for Colorado to do what’s simple, needed, and fair: Pay for health care for everyone by collecting payroll taxes everyone can afford.