The importance of uniting and prioritizing healthcare for all

Access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare is a human right

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by Carlos Briceño |

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I’ve come to a realization that has impacted my viewpoint about the importance of voting and advocating for political candidates who prioritize healthcare. It was prompted by my wife Jill’s diagnosis of Huntington’s disease (HD) and the challenges we’ve faced navigating the healthcare system as we deal with her condition.

Before her diagnosis, I’ll admit that I didn’t give much thought to the role of healthcare policy in our lives. Like many, I took for granted the accessibility and quality of care available to us, never fully appreciating the importance of ensuring that every person has access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare.

However, as Jill’s symptoms began to manifest and I found myself thrust into the world of medical appointments, treatments, and insurance coverage, I quickly came to understand the vital role that healthcare plays in our lives. The financial burdens, administrative hurdles, and emotional toll of navigating the healthcare system with a chronic illness opened my eyes to the urgent need for meaningful reform.

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Over the last few years, Jill and I have worked to be better advocates not only for the HD community, but also the entire rare disease community. As we spoke with other advocates, something became clear to me: Our political divisions don’t help with solutions to our medical woes, because illnesses don’t care what our political affiliations are.

It became clear to me that healthcare should not be a privilege reserved for the fortunate few, but a fundamental right afforded to all. No one should have to choose between receiving lifesaving treatment and facing financial ruin, yet far too many families are forced to make this impossible decision every day.

That’s why I believe we need to use our voices and our votes to support candidates who are committed to making healthcare a top priority. Whether it’s advocating for expanded access to affordable insurance coverage, supporting research and innovation in treatment options, or addressing disparities in healthcare access and outcomes, we have the power to shape the future of healthcare policy in our communities and our country.

As my wife and I continue to navigate the challenges of living with HD, we’re more determined than ever to be vocal advocates for healthcare reform. We refuse to stand idly by while countless families struggle to access the care they need to thrive. We are committed to using our voices and votes to make a difference.

Please consider the importance of healthcare policy when casting your vote in upcoming elections. Your vote has the power to shape the future of healthcare for generations to come, and, together, we can work toward a future where quality, affordable healthcare is a reality for all.

Note: Huntington’s Disease News is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Huntington’s Disease News or its parent company, BioNews, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to Huntington’s disease.


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