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.
A growing coalition of Colorado groups has united to Push to Pass the federal Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act to give every American access to health care during the pandemic. The group will hold a campaign kick-off event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 on Zoom. Registration is required: https://couniversalhealth.org/latest-news/events/
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.