Community event discusses importance of healthcare


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts residents had the opportunity to learn about Medicare Sunday afternoon.

Progressive Democrats for America partnered with National Nurses United, Healthcare Now, and other groups to educate the public on the tens of millions of Americans who lack adequate healthcare.

The event at the High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street in Holyoke focused on discussions about healthcare and medicare for all.

Gerald Friedma, a professor of economics at UMass Amherst said more than 45,000 people die in the U.S. because they don’t have healthcare.

Friedma told 22News, “People die everyday in this country because they can’t afford drugs and medical procedures that are much cheaper elsewhere in the world. Where they don’t have the type of monopoly power exercise by the drug companies and hospitals that we have in this country.”

Sunday’s event was free and open to the public.

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