Members of the Bloomington community rallied for healthcare reform outside of City Hall on Monday night. Leaders from the Hoosier Action Group organized the rally to call attention to the need for more affordable and accessible health coverage, including addiction treatment resources.
Hoosier Action Executive Director Kate Hess Pace says healthcare reform needs to remain at the forefront of addressing the addiction crisis.
“The only thing we’re doing to address recovery is to put people in jail. And that is unacceptable across the board, it always was and it continues to be, when it is a healthcare issue,” Pace says.
Community members shared their personal struggles with the current healthcare system, advocating for coverage that is more sustainable for working families.
Parent Brittany Barton-Schneider says she is hoping for increased reform policies.
“My mother passed away of a drug overdose, so for me it’s important to reach out to those and make it affordable for everyone who suffers from addiction to get coverage to go into rehab,” Barton-Schneider says.
Robert Stone is a physician and the Director for Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. He says their group’s mission is to promote Medicare coverage for all regardless of age.
“We would actually save money, if we put the entire county on Medicare because right now our system is torn to pieces by people just trying to make a buck,” Stone says.
Stone says millions of people don’t have access to healthcare and hopes voters will elect candidates promising to reform healthcare.