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Free Health Care Clinic In Madison Shows Need For Health Reform Bill

August 30, 2009

The mere fact that 500 people showed up at a free health clinic on a Saturday in Madison would seem to be ample evidence that the system of health care in America is in need of repair.  Madison is not unique in understanding the need for reform.  We all realize that a change in the way we offer insurance for people needs to be changed, and the cost of services brought under control. The words expressed by those who came to the clinic were direct and to the heart of the matter.

Many at the clinic who received care said reform in the system is needed on a national level.

“Trying to find health insurance that’s affordable, going through the government, it’s just been really, really hard,” said Rebecca Otte, who lives without health insurance.

 “I’ve got two part-time jobs, so I don’t really have the option of having health care unless I spend money I don’t have. So it’s a chance for me to come in and get some health care that otherwise I would have had to wait six months to a year to get,” continued Otte.

 Otte said that Saturday’s clinic was the first health screening she’s had in five years. And she waited in line for hours to get it.

 Organizers said the number of people in need is rising.

 “I just see that it is becoming more and more of an issue. So I’m looking forward to seeing what our government is doing to bring about changes, but change is always hard,” said Peggy Baker, medical coordinator for Touched Twice United.

 As legislators in Washington argue the best way to resolve the health care crisis, events like Saturday’s clinic put the issue in perspective for those on the front line.

 “For me personally, yeah, it puts it in the spotlight, because you get to see it first hand. How many people really do need health care in this country, and how many people are willing to help,” said Dr. Micah Chan.

 For one day, people like Rebecca Otte got the care they needed.

 Then they are on their own again. “The debate of health care goes on, but we see it first-hand here that some type of reform needs to be done and soon,” said Dr. Chan.

 “It seems like health care is a right and not something that should be optional and only for people who have finances,” said Otte. Many at the clinic who received care said reform in the system is needed on a national level.

One Comment
  1. healthy2009 permalink
    September 6, 2009 7:23 AM

    Rebecca Otte, who lives without health insurance.

    “I’ve got two part-time jobs, so I don’t really have the option of having health care unless I spend money I don’t have. So it’s a chance for me to come in and get some health care that otherwise I would have had to wait six months to a year to get,” continued Otte.

    Otte said that Saturday’s clinic was the first health screening she’s had in five years. And she waited in line for hours to get it.

    Organizers said the number of people in need is rising.

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