Medi­care is sav­ing my life

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE - Claire Gawinowicz Spring­field Town­ship, Mont­gomery County

Medi­care is sav­ing my life. Four months af­ter I en­rolled in Medi­care, I was di­ag­nosed with Stage 2 breast can­cer.

For­merly I was self-em­ployed, pay­ing pri­vate in­sur­ance $900 monthly pre­mi­ums with $100 co­pays. My yearly cost was over $11,000. I con­stantly pleaded with my in­surer for needed pro­ce­dures and spe­cial­ists.

With Medi­care, I pay rea­son­able pre­mi­ums, zero co­pays and I get no ar­gu­ments. Be­fore start­ing my can­cer treat­ment, I got four sec­ond opin­ions. If I had to squab­ble about sec­ond opin­ions or needed pro­ce­dures for Stage 2 breast can­cer, it would have been ag­o­niz­ing and made me more ill.

With Medi­care I’m not de­pen­dent on my em­ployer for health care. I have lower pre­mi­ums, no co­pays and I get ex­cep­tional health care. That’s why I sup­port “Medi­care for All.”

Rep. Wild, thank you for sup­port­ing “Medi­care for All.” Sens. Casey and Toomey, what are you wait­ing for? Your con­stituents can’t wait un­til age 65 for ex­cel­lent health care.

Ev­ery Amer­i­can should have the op­por­tu­nity to stay alive, just like me.

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