(Note: this action has been updated to reflect the current status of the crisis.)
There are times when ideas for change in the US become an immediate race for life. This is a call to not just support changes in our healthcare, but stand up and say that one man's life is more important than insurance company paydays and hospital red tape.
Eric De La Cruz's death should not happen on our watch, to our citizens in this country. Please call your representatives after sending the email.
Eric's story is the epitome of dysfunction of our healthcare system. Eric needs a heart transplant and has Medicaid, but Medicaid will not cover it. He lives in Nevada where there are not any transplant centers.
After years of advocacy, he has been transported to a hospital in LA. Hospitals will not perform the operation without supplimental insurance. Eric can not aquire supplemental insurance because his heart condition is a pre-existing condition. He is given days to live.
Due to his family's unbelievable courage, an army of online activists and superstars such as Nine Inch Nails who have raised an additional $900,000.000, Eric is now on the donor list. The battle does NOT end here.
He recently had VAD surgery to keep him functioning. With access to proper care years ago this could have been avoided.
Our advocacy can cut the red tape. This could happen to any of us and we need to speak up for ourselves. No more red tape. Let your voice be heard. Please personalize the letter!
Visit http://www.WeLoveEric.com for more info. Follow his sister @VeronicaDLCruz on Twitter