Former Minnesota gubernatorial candidate launches campaign to illustrate health care gaps

Erin Murphy
Erin Murphy, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsed candidate for Minnesota governor, spoke to supporters Thursday, June 7, during a campaign stop in Moorhead. Carissa Wigginton / The Forum 
 

ST. PAUL — Former Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for Minnesota governor Erin Murphy on Tuesday, Sept. 10, announced that she would launch a nonprofit aimed at sharing stories of Minnesotans' problems accessing health care.

Murphy launched the website and nonprofit to crowdsource Minnesotans' health care stories. On the website, called Our Stories. Our Health., she said through "house parties, roundtable discussions, and conversations" the group will "organize and mobilize our voices and our votes to fulfill the promise of health and healthcare for all of us." And from there, the group will push for progressive solutions.

The move comes just over a year after Murphy lost the 2018 DFL gubernatorial primary contest to Tim Walz. Murphy was endorsed by the party for the position and had previously served as a state lawmaker and majority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She also represented the Minnesota Nurses Association as the group's executive director.

In a news release, Murphy said her mother had a hard time getting insurance companies to cover her care after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. And in sharing her story with others, other Minnesotans shared their own health care stories.

"There is power in these stories – the power to change the conversation about healthcare," Murphy said. "We started Our Stories. Our Health. because we will never see the wholesale change we need in our failing healthcare system until we center the conversation on the people that deal with the consequences of that system every day.”

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