Local group pushes for universal health care

Locally, many people are preparing to go door to door and have conversations with people who may not understand what it means to have universal health care.

Posted: Feb 10, 2019 7:19 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 8:46 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Across the United States, people are calling for Medicare for all. The United States doesn't currently have universal health care, but stats show around 70% of Americans support it. 

Locally, many people are preparing to go door to door and have conversations with people who may not understand what it means to have universal health care. 

At a meeting Sunday, several people told their stories of struggle concerning the current health care system. 

"My children have life threatening food allergies and it costs so much every year to get regular medications that we don't have the ability to save for retirement, to buy a home, and this ever increasing cost of medicine is skyrocketing, and it's inhumane," said Rachel Rose Reagan. 

Rose Reagan said Medicare for all would actually save the country money. 

"The most conservative study that has been out there has shown a 2 trillion dollar savings over the next ten years if we go to this plan," she said. 

Many 2020 hopefuls have expressed support of Medicare for all and it's had a country-wide push from National Nurses United. 

Republican Congressman Jim Banks has opposed it in the past, though, saying it would lead to a huge tax increase. 

Elaine Fazzaro is a retired RN and said the current system is broken. 

"You will hear advocates for our current health care system telling us we should stick with what is working. Well the question is: Who is this working for?" she said. 

Fazzaro said close to 30 million people do not have health care coverage, and many others have insurance, but can't afford the deductibles and co-pays. 

"People will be taxed, but the tax will be proportional to their income," she said. 

For more information on Medicare for all, click here. 

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