The Bellingham Herald Politics blog published the following message from the Washington Community Action Network, where Marcelas Owens, a 10-year-old boy who lost his mother because she didn’t have health insurance, thanked Patty Murray for sharing his story at today’s health care summit with President Obama:
Today, at the bipartisan White House Health Care Summit, Senator Patty Murray shared the story of 10-year-old Marcelas Owens from Seattle. Marcelas’ mom lost her job when she got sick. When she lost her job, she lost her health insurance. Without affordable health insurance choices, she didn’t get the care she needed, and she died at the age of 27, leaving Marcelas and his two siblings without a mom.
Marcelas Owens, whose entire family have been longtime members of the Washington Community Action Network, issued the following statement today thanking Senator Murray for her leadership:
“I want to thank Senator Murray for sharing my story with President Obama and other people in Congress. I lost my mom because she didn’t have health care. Every day it’s hard not having her around. I don’t want any other kid to have to go through what I went through. That’s why I don’t understand why some politicians are saying that Congress should stop working to pass the health care reform bill. Every day we wait, more kids like me will lose someone they love. Thank you for fighting for me, Senator Murray.”