Baltimore is hurting. Together, we can heal.
I’m your neighborhood doctor. Every day, in the faces of my patients, I see Baltimore.
I see the toll that poverty wreaks on working families and their children. I see the true cost of drugs, alcohol, and chronic violence to our communities. I see what systemic injustice does to our most vulnerable citizens, and to our whole city.
But we can heal.
By guaranteeing healthcare to each of our citizens, we can prevent the illness and death that plague our streets.
When we focus on ending poverty instead of exacting revenge, we can end violence.
Together, we can heal our city.
Today marks fifty years since our nation was robbed of its greatest moral leader in an unwarranted and unforgivable act of violence. On this day in Memphis in 1968, one gunshot cut short a life dedicated to justice and a love of others.
Today marks the start of National Public Health Week. NPHW is an annual effort to promote the idea that everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. Unsurprisingly, the first day of this year's NPHW focuses on behavioral health, mental health and opioid addiction. It's no surprise that everywhere in our city - and in our country - people are struggling with addiction, loneliness, and declining mental health.
Our neighbors in northwest Baltimore agree. Healthcare costs too much. Every single year, premiums are going up. People with insurance can't afford their coverage, while millions more can't even buy private health insurance with today's costs.
This week, we were out in Mount Washington asking people if their healthcare costs too much. Not surprisingly, plenty of people thought so.
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