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Santa Barbara man champions for better health care at DNC

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A powerful testimonial during night two of the DNC featuring a Santa Barbara man.

Ady Barkan has become a champion for single payer health care amid his wrenching  four-year-journey with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) which brought him into the national spotlight Tuesday night. 

Barkan was profiled in a videotaped testimonial that he started in 2018 for his young daughter; this week, he shared it with his fellow Americans. 

"I don't know how much longer I'll be around for you," Barkan said, referring to his then-baby girl, Willow. 

The Santa Barbara man is on a years-long mission meeting with other patients like him and pushing to change what he sees as America's
failing health care system.

"Like so many of you, I have experienced the way our health care system is fundamentally broken, enormous costs, denied claims, dehumanizing treatment when we are most in need."

Barkan believes Democratic Presidential Nominee, Joe Biden, is the right man for the job.

"We must elect Joe Biden. Each of us must be a hero for our communities, for our country, and then, with a compassionate and intelligent president, we must act together and put on his desk a bill that guarantees us all the health care we deserve."

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Beth Farnsworth

Beth Farnsworth is the evening anchor for KEYT NewsChannel 3.

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