Univer­sal health cov­er­age a mat­ter of life

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Ihave a 25-year-old son with type 1 di­a­betes. He is cur­rently on our health in­sur­ance be­cause, al­though he has a job, they don’t of­fer health in­sur­ance. When he turns 26 next year, he will lose his health in­sur­ance.

He is good about caring for his di­a­betes, but it is ex­tremely ex­pen­sive. In­sulin alone can cost as much as $500 per month, and then there are test strips, sy­ringes, and pump sup­plies. Plus, he re­ally tries to make healthy food choices, which are ex­pen­sive.

I am very wor­ried about my son’s health and that poor health care will shorten his life. The United States is the only highly de­vel­oped coun­try that does not have univer­sal health care. Your in­come shouldn’t de­ter­mine the level of care you re­ceive. No one life is more im­por­tant than an­other. My son de­serves good health care, he de­serves to live. I will vote for Leslie Cockburn on Novem­ber 6 be­cause she ad­vo­cates for univer­sal health cov­er­age. DEBI CAR­ROLL View­town

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