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Betty Gilbert’s Personal Story

Betty Gilbert - Janesville, Wisconsin

Betty Gilbert shares the tragic story of her son's death at the age of 56 due to a lack of healthcare.

Though he worked for the Beloit Corporation for 21 years, he lost his health insurance when the company closed its doors and let him go.  When he became sick he tried to get on disability for liver problems- waiting three years for disability and more years for healthcare (following his job loss).

When he visited the emergency room he was told he had arthritis and sent away.

He finally received health insurance after two years, two months before he died, in time only to find out that he had bone cancer and it was past a point where anything could be done.

Betty shares her story and asks the crucial question: why can't we provide healthcare for our people?