There’s a very important new report from the Medill News Service which reveals–again–the revolving door between Congressional staff and Washington lobbying shops.
Silence from AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans), this is a great moment for this much reviled organization. No gloating, no comment on their win and our loss.
Due to our uniquely American pay or die healthcare system, in Kansas City at the Free Health Clinic, the patients seeking treatment were mostly working Americans simply priced out of healthcare.
Many of the people I met today are working full time and simply cannot afford the exorbitant monthly health insurance premium, so they go without. The choice is stark. Health insurance or rent, food and clothing for the kids.
[Ed. Note: Eve is in Kansas City today, helping out and talking to folks at the free health care clinic organized by the National Association of Free Clinics with funding raised in large part by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. MSNBC will be streaming their own video from KC starting at noon EST; Eve has more video of her own after the jump. If you need help finding affordable medical assistance in your area, NAFC has this directory of free clinics.]
There’s nothing but despair at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic. Despair mixed with relief, that at least for two days,help has arrived.
As the Senate debates, in Kansas City, thousands of Americans brave bitter cold for urgent free healthcare
Kansas City Free Health Clinic 12/8 and 12/9/2009
The Best Place for U.S. Senators to Receive Healthcare? The Floor of a Convention Center or an Animal Stall?
As I wandered around and observed all the work, more than anything, I reflected on what it means to live in a country which treats healthcare as a privilege not a right. Here I was standing in the middle of a MASH tent in a major American city–this would undoubtedly be the last hope for many of the people we’d meet the next day.
Shelley Dockery is a twenty-six year old two time uninsured cancer survivor who I met waiting on line at the Little Rock Free Health Clinic
Little Rock Clinic Volunteers: If we fail to pass healthcare reform, “we’ll be damned for all mankind”
Always remember, the United States is the only industrialized nation where healthcare remains a privilege not a right.