In an exclusive interview on Friday, PoliticsNation’s Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to the newest face of Obamacare, a woman whose sister died of cancer because she didn’t have health care. Stephanie Miller met President Obama on Thursday during his bus tour, where she got a chance to tell him what the legislation means to her. She explained to Rev. Al that her sister couldn’t afford insurance, and she earned too much to qualify for Medicare.
Rev. Al asked Miller what she said to the president.
“I told him thank you for not backing down on your health care bill. I told him my sister passed away on July 4, 2008 from colon cancer because she didn’t have health care…I truly believe that if a bill like President Obama’s had been in effect 5 or 10 years ago, my sister could’ve went to the doctor, she could have gotten preventative health care. They could’ve detected the cancer early, it’s one of the most curable cancers there is. She could still be here with her kids.”
She said Obama offered his condolences and asked her sister’s name, saying he’d keep her in his thoughts every day. Sharpton asked Miller what she wants to come from all this attention.
“I want people to see what the lack of health care does to families in this country. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about my sister. Not a day goes by that her sons don’t miss her. No family should have to go through this just because there’s not affordable health care in this country. We have one of the best medical care systems in the world…nobody should have to do this.”
“We can’t lose sight of what it’s all about: helping real people,” Rev. Al agreed. While stories like Miller’s continue to surface, several Republican lawmakers are sticking to their commitment to reject Obamacare and its Medicaid expansion, despite clear evidence that their state’s most vulnerable citizens will suffer the harshest consequences.