By Cristina Recino
After the recent death of “Moesha” star Yvette Wilson, hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to spark a discussion about United States healthcare. Wilson died at 48, after a long battle with cervical cancer, and the actress had to ask for donations in order to pay for her treatment. While mourning the loss of the television star, Nicki told fans she thinks that healthcare should be guaranteed for every American.
“What’s sad is that when Yvette was bringing home the bacon, the gov’t was probably taking millions. On her deathbed though, #Nowheretobefound,” she tweeted. She even tweeted to President Barrack Obama a series of conversation starters including, “That should be a God given right! Even with Obama Care, too much involved. Just give FREE health care to all. @barackobama What can we do?” and, “@BarackObama I wouldn’t mind the millions they took if it was going to healthcare. Why should a poor person struggle to pay for MEDS sir?”
Although President Obama didn’t respond to Nicki via twitter, Questlove of the Roots responded to the tweets with support for the “Starships” singer. He tweeted, “@NICKIMINAJ i personally know that the white house administration would LOVE for you to use ur tweet power to raise health care awareness,” and “@NICKIMINAJ seriously dm me, they need that energy you convey’d last night about Yvette Wilson’s health crisis! you can help!”
Nicki could really use her platform to turn on the thinking caps of her fans and raise awareness of healthcare issues not only in the U.S., but across the globe. Preach.