Gerry Gunderson of USW recounts the unnecessary death and suffering of union brother Skip Porter at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council’s Health Care Forum.
UA Local 434 member Rosie Britz was motivated to organize the Mosinee Health Care Rally in part by her father’s end of life financial fears.
Judy Burnick of the Alliance for Retired Americans helps Theresa Skrznski tell the difficult story of her battle with Crohn’s disease. Already bankrupt, Theresa will lose her Badger Care coverage at the end of the month, even though she still requires more surgery.
UA Local 434 Organizer Jay Schmelling is worried that his extended family will soon be without coverage due to preexisting conditions.
Kevin Her, Executive Director of the Shee Yee Community of Milwaukee, cannot find health insurance coverage due to a preexisting condition.
Clarissa Barnes went into debt when she became too sick to attend college fulltime. Because she was no longer a student, she was dropped from her parents’ insurance.
Lyle Balistreri, President of the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, is frustrated and concerned on behalf of all working people. On one hand, health insurance reform is a matter of life and death for many Americans. We have no choice but to overhaul the inhumane system which denies access to so many in need. But we also must make sure that a new tax on benefits doesn’t push more working people into the ranks of the uninsured or underinsured.
UA Local 434 Business Agent Dave Branson sums up the case for reform.