On Medicare’s 55th Anniversary, Physicians and Patients Call for Medicare for All

Frontline Coronavirus Physicians, Patients, Business and Labor Leaders Describe How Corporate Health Care Has Failed Them

On Medicare’s 55th anniversary, frontline coronavirus physicians, patients, business and labor leaders are speaking out on the urgent need to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. The coronavirus pandemic has only further shown how the for-profit U.S. health care system has failed Americans, workers, businesses and exacerbated racial disparities in health care.

Dr. Anna Stratis

Dr. Anna Stratis, a family physician who worked in Brooklyn, N.Y. during the height of the pandemic, describes the tragic consequences of uninsurance.

 

Dr. Susan Rogers

Dr. Susan Rogers, President-elect of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and a retired Chicago-based doctor, emphasized that the for-profit system disproportionately affects people of color, especially during a pandemic.

 

Sydney Studer

Sydney is 26 years old and a Kansas City Native. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April, which has only underscored her support for Medicare for All.

 

Lori Trojan

Lori Trojan is a business manager, entrepreneur, mother of two, and grandmother of two from Lawrence, Kansas. She spoke out for Medicare for All and against the politicization of health care access.

 

Ada Briceño

Ada Briceño, Co-President of UNITEHERE Local 11, California, which represents 20,000 hotel and hospitality workers in southern California, said “Health insurance should never be tied to employment status – period.

 

Jen Kimmich

Jen Kimmich, a small-business owner who had to lay off employees due to the economic downturn, speaks about massive employee health insurance costs.

 

Mark Dimondstein

Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) (Labor Campaign), addresses the ways in which the coronavirus crisis underscores the urgent need for Medicare for All.