This is an awful story and what compels me to continue fighting.
Tonight in Clarence I was knocking on doors. I was at the door of a women in her late 40’s. We started to talk about our recent property tax increases. She pointed out her broken slate walkway, disrepair of her home, no money and then segued into her health problems.
She had breast cancer. She can’t afford anything because she is still paying off her medical bills from last year. She is supposed to have an MRI to see if her cancer is back. She will schedule it but, her cost will be $1,200. Hence, no repairs, no nothing.
Stay with me please.
We talked a lot about our disastrous healthcare system, my sons trials and tribulations and the need to fix this.
Here is where the despair comes in. This wonderful woman, mother, friend and gift to so many ended our conversation by saying if her cancer comes back, she may not go for treatment. That’s right. She is looking death in the eye because she can’t handle the thought of having to work solely to pay for medical bills and end up more severely in debt and possibly lose her home.
Shame on my opponent and those republicans who continue to callously ignore our healthcare crisis.
I feel the weight of this election on my shoulders for this woman and other New Yorkers who are suffering physically, emotionally and financially because they are battling illness.
We can do better. We WILL do better. Please help me flip the Senate so we can bring affordable healthcare to all New Yorkers.