Address by Toledo Mayor Kapszukiewicz
Announced publicly at the Monroe Street Methodist Church May 22, 2021 at the Healthcare Justice Walk 2 pm.
“Let me apologize for not being present with you today. This is a critically important issue for our city and our nation. 30 million Americans do not have access to health care and millions more suffer serious financial problems because they can’t afford their health care plans.
As a nation, I know we can do better.
Let it be known to all: here in Toledo, Ohio, we support a Medicare for All, single payer system, that would cover every American with healthcare. That includes vision, dental, hearing, prescription drugs, mental health care, and more.
COVID-19 has made this issue all the more important. I know the pandemic has impacted us all, some greater than others. To those who have lost a loved one, nothing can be said to ease your pain. As President Lincoln wrote in 1864: “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.”
Now is the time as a nation — as we emerge from a global pandemic that showed the world the intense need for health care for all — to fix the system. Now is the time to end the health disparities that exist, especially in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.
I call on all Toledans, all Ohioans, to join me in support of expanding health care and reforming our system to reflect the undeniable fact that health care is a human right.”