Monday, March 3, 2008

In Bush's America - multitudes of working Americans line up to beg for medical care

How many people reading this that do not have health insurance through their employer and can afford to pay out of their pocket for insurance for themselves and their families? Many of the same people who speak of the 'evils of socialized medicine,' are uninsured themselves.

60 Minutes exposes terrible state of healthcare in TN

60 Minutes traveled to Knoxville, TN to film a free clinic set up by a charity group called Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, or RAM. The charity was initially started in the 90’s by it’s founder, Stan Brock, to give health care relief to remote areas of Latin America, but after watching this segment it’s clear that America’s health care system doesn’t look too much different than that of a third world country.

The local response to this RAM clinic in Knoxville was amazing, yet profoundly saddening. Hundreds of people showed up for the clinic, many drove hours to get there and waited up to seven hours just to get a spot in line to be seen — and ultimately, hundreds had to be turned away. These were not Cadillac driving welfare queens, they were average, working Americans who are under insured or have no insurance at all. The most disheartening part of it all is to see how many of these people had avoided seeking medical treatment for years because they couldn’t afford it and are now reduced to begging for help. It’s a microcosm of our medical system and it’s a damn ugly sight in the world’s wealthiest nation.

Story - CBS
In the expedition to Knoxville, RAM saw 920 patients, made 500 pairs of glasses, did 94 mammograms, extracted 1,066 teeth and did 567 fillings. But when Stan Brock called the last number, 400 people were turned away.

So bloody sad... yet we can spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, so Bush can try and save face.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


All of those chiselling welfare cheats are screwing the hard working CEO's of the Health Insurance and HMO industry. Wait, is it okay to call a liebral "a bleeding heart"; r will that play into their warped game to make congress and the pretendsident look like heartless bastards for expecting people to fork over 15 or 20% of their pay for health insurance? I wish I had some more teeth to pull, so's I could screw the gubmint out of some free oral surgery.

I always hide my Escalade at the Dental Floss Ranch out in Montana whenever I need first rate, state of the art, free medical care.