Hearing Health Care Activist Ady Barkan Was One of the Night’s Most Moving Moments

Ady Barkan, a health care activist who was diagnosed with the terminal neurodegenerative disease ALS four years ago, gave one of the most moving speeches of the second night of the Democratic National Convention.
After Barkan’s diagnosis in 2016, President Donald Trump signed a tax bill that threatened Barkan’s health insurance. Barkan traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for single-payer health care. Though former Vice President Joe Biden has opposed Medicare for All, this evening Barkan made an impassioned plea to vote for him, as Trump’s administration asks the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare.
“Even during this terrible crisis, Donald Trump and Republican politicians are trying to take away millions of people’s health insurance,” Barkan said, speaking with help from a computer voice due to paralysis from the disease. “With the existential threat of another four years of this president, we all have a profound obligation to act, not only to vote, but to make sure that our friends, family, and neighbors vote as well.” 

.@AdyBarkan highlights the shocking number of people who don’t have health insurance amidst the pandemic: “Nearly 100 million Americans do not have sufficient health insurance… Our essential workers are treated as dispensable.” pic.twitter.com/2Nwuf2TiBG
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) August 19, 2020