AdyBarkan cannot speak without any electronic assistance anymore. However, he is still being heard in the election campaign for president in the year 2020.
AdyBarkan has popped up as one of the most apparent progressive activists in the country for healthcare since the year 2017, when the doctors diagnosed him with the ALS or also commonly known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease. Barkan got into action immediately, protesting the Republican initiatives at the United States Capitol, travelling throughout the country and rising funding worth millions of dollars for the political campaigns.
His name came up after the 1st round of the Democratic presidential debate, when Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was supporting the universal healthcare proposal that was run by the government and was known as Medicare for All, shared the personal story of Barkan as an example of the shortfalls of the private insurance.
Warren said that he was dying of ALS and his insurance company was really good. He had about nine thousand dollars every month on an average to which his insurance company said that they would not do it regardless of what his doctor thought was right.
Barkan expressed his gratitude in a tweet, but also added in some other tweets that the candidates could have talked more regarding the human costs of the deficiencies in our healthcare system.
Barkan, who is an Israeli-American lawyer, was a progressive activist prior to his diagnosis. He was inspired during his childhood by the well-known book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. He came into spotlight a few years ago for his efforts for democratizing the Federal Reserve. But since the end of 2017, he has been focusing on political advocacy for accessing healthcare.