Carol Berman of Palm Beach County got her 2 minutes of fame at the Democratic National Convention. We gave her 8.
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A West Palm Beach woman spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.
77 year old Carol Berman delivered a 2 minute speech, so she did not have the time to tell her story. She spoke with us before the speech.
Berman is a retiree who depleted her savings 15 years ago, while taking care of her Alzheimers-inflicted husband. Eventually she was down to her 401-k and was told by a state-run agency in Ohio to give it up and accept welfare.
Instead, she took a more drastic move, in order to avoid taking what she considered a "hand-out". Carol divorced her husband, in order to allow the man to receive medicaid, something he was not entitled to when the pair was married.
"I spent four years taking care of him and paying the bills, so I felt that he was going to get taken care of and I would be able to have a life"..."it's survival, not on food stamps, not on section 8 housing and not on welfare."
Berman says "longterm care should be included in medicare and right now the only way you can get your nursing home coverage" is on medicaid and "the Romney/Ryan plan is to do away, for the most part, with medicaid".
"I think it is totally, absolutely critical that we re-elect this man (President Obama), and if we don't life as we know it is going to change." She goes on to say that "we need to vote like our lives depend on it."