What would having healthcare mean to you?
Healthcare is a human right, but for many of us it is also a privilege that we take for granted. The Affordable Care Act made it possible for more Californians to access affordable healthcare, but it specifically excludes undocumented immigrants.
This exclusion reduces our communities into invisibility and undermines our fundamental humanity. We remain in the shadows; we watch our mothers and fathers toil and suffer in the shadow economies, our siblings and friends fall violently ill to preventable diseases because we don’t have access to the most basic care.
Over one million undocumented Californians are left out of affordable health coverage that we desperately need. But we are not just numbers.
The strength and resiliency of our community can be captured in our stories. Our lived experiences as undocumented and uninsured people are complex and powerful. ASPIRE presents intimate moments from our community members who are directly affected by the lack of common sense healthcare with this video series.
This week we feature Akiko Aspillaga’s spoken word poetry “Only for a Moment”: