Thousands line up at Los Angeles free clinic

Discussion in 'Politics' started by TorontoTrader2, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. US system has IMPLODED!

    Every other First World country offrs health care to alll...Americans are being fed the usual scare propaganda by large corporations that all other systems are collapsing. not true!!

    Never forget, the war is against us.

    For the cost of one large bomb or WMD dropped on civillians overseas by our "heros" could buy coverage for all of them for a while.

    Not gonna happen!! USA is a corrupt military oil junta regime.
    An article and a link, from different sources.

    Thousands line up at Los Angeles free clinic
    Healthcare and the social crisis in America
    17 August 2009

    A tidal wave of suffering and human need has been on display this week at a free healthcare clinic inside a Los Angeles-area sports arena. Just as the New Orleans Superdome, packed with refugees from Hurricane Katrina, shocked the world in 2005, the scene in Inglewood, California gives a glimpse of the social crisis devastating America. And it could be multiplied, a
    thousand times over, in every city, suburb and rural district of the United States, as deepening unemployment and spreading homelessness exacerbate what was already a vast unmet need for healthcare services.

    Thousands of uninsured workers and their families have flocked to the Forum at Inglewood since Tuesday, seeking free medical and dental care from a group of volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses. The Forum, formerly the suburban home of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, became for a week the site of the largest free medical clinic in American history.

    The organizers of the event, the Remote Area Medical Foundation, a Tennessee-based charity that relies on contributions of money and medical supplies and volunteer medical personnel, said that more than 8,000 people would receive help at the Forum before the event was finished. In the first three days alone, 706 teeth were extracted, 1,640 fillings put in, 141 mammograms administered and 550 sets of eyeglasses prepared. There were
    hundreds of pap smears and tuberculosis tests. Some patients were put directly into waiting ambulances and taken to local emergency rooms.

    Many of the patients waited for hours or slept overnight in their cars to make sure they did not lose their place in line. The demand has overwhelmed the supply of volunteers, with foundation leader Stan Brock saying the clinic had work for 100 dentists and 20 eye doctors, more than three times the number who were mobilized.

    Remote Area Medical has focused on impoverished third-world countries for more than 20 years, beginning with clinics in the Amazon jungle of Brazil. But in recent years it has begun to work inside the United States, including in New Orleans after Katrina, and earlier this year in the Appalachian foothills of Virginia, where volunteer dentists performed more
    than 4,300 tooth extractions in two days.

    The Los Angeles event was made possible by a group of film and record
    producers who learned of the charity�s activities from a �60 Minutes�
    profile and contacted Brock. The Forum, now owned by a local church, was
    chosen as a centrally located site, close to the densely populated south
    side Los Angeles.

    One volunteer dentist who spoke to the local media said that conditions in
    Los Angeles were worse than in Brazil, where he has done equivalent charity
    work. �They have a nice system of public hospitals and clinics,� he said,
    referring to Brazil. A volunteer doctor, when asked about the difference
    between Third World conditions and those in Los Angeles, responded, �Here
    the people speak English.�

    According to local press accounts, among those seeking help at the clinic

    � A homeless man who camped outside in order to get glasses
    � An unemployed grocery clerk needing a root canal
    � A laid-off auto mechanic with back pain
    � A laid-off office worker uninsured for two years
    � A cancer patient who had exhausted her benefits under her HMO plan
    � A community college student with sinus problems and blurred vision
    � A laid-off security guard who needed glasses
    � An unemployed grocery clerk with a toothache
    � A woman whose children are covered under the state Medi-Cal plan but
    lacks insurance for herself
    � A county government worker whose dental insurance deductibles were too
    high to afford treatment for her husband and three-year-old daughter
    � A retired welder who lost his coverage while he was in the middle of
    getting dentures
    � A couple, both employed, who between them needed dentures, a general
    physical, a breast exam and a pap smear
    � A diabetic amputee who could not afford to buy needed drugs
    � A retiree needing an X-ray for a lung problem
    � A 70-year-old Vietnam vet who put off a root canal for two years because
    the VA hospital was overwhelmed with more urgent cases
    � A 63-year-old woman who received her first new pair of glasses in five
    � A 46-year-old woman who had an abnormal pap smear last year but was
    unable to follow up because Medi-Cal denied her coverage.

    Carol Meyer, a top official of the Los Angeles County Department of Health
    Services, visited the Forum and drew the obvious lesson, telling reporters:
    �The current system of healthcare in the United States is broken.� Los
    Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez called the lines outside the Forum,
    �the perfect distillation of an unconscionable societal failure.�

    The huge turnout for the free clinic attracted significant media coverage
    in both the network television news and the major daily newspapers. But
    neither of the two sides in the official �healthcare debate� has made any
    reference to it.

    For the Republican Party, the vast dimensions of the social crisis in
    America are an inconvenient distraction from its ongoing efforts to
    mobilize ultra-right and fascist-minded elements against the Obama
    administration. Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Fox News & Co. prefer fanning
    hysteria over �death panels� and other such mirages to confronting the
    reality that tens of millions of working people lack access to needed
    healthcare because they have no insurance or no money.

    For Obama and the Democrats, however, the Forum event is equally unwelcome.
    The president addressed town hall meetings on healthcare Friday night and
    Saturday night in Montana and Colorado. At neither of the forums, heavily
    publicized and televised live on cable, did he make any reference to the
    extraordinary and moving spectacle in Los Angeles. On Sunday, an op-ed
    column on healthcare appeared in the New York Times under Obama�s byline,
    also without any mention of the Forum free clinic.

    This deliberate silence is proof enough that Obama�s healthcare program has
    nothing to do with �reform,� in the sense of any genuine effort to make an
    improvement, even of a minimal character, in the availability of healthcare
    to working people.

    More than four decades ago, both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson visited
    impoverished areas of Appalachia as part of efforts to win support for the
    anti-poverty measures enacted during the 1960s. If Obama were advocating
    even a limited social reform, he would have seized on the Los Angeles event
    as a demonstration of the acute social need.

    But the goal of Obama�s pro-corporate healthcare restructuring is to
    increase the financial health of American capitalism, not to improve the
    physical health of the American people. Hence his overriding emphasis on
    the need to cut healthcare spending, in order to reduce labor costs and
    improve the competitive position of corporate America.

    That is why the Obama healthcare program is supported by major sections of
    big business, including the bulk of those corporations�drug manufacturers,
    health insurance companies, and giant hospital chains�whose profit drive is
    fundamentally responsible for the healthcare crisis.

    The Obama plan has been drawn up in close consultation with these corporate
    interests, who have been given explicit assurances that their profits will
    not be threatened. It is the patients, i.e., the entire American
    population, who will bear the cost, through the establishment of a
    two-class healthcare system�first-class care for those who can afford it,
    and cut-rate care for the vast majority.
  2. Sad.Even sadder are the people who are trying stop Obama from insuring every American .They scream and rally against his plan,but they offer no alternatives for the millions of Americans like the the ones mentioned in that article

    On a side note the health ins industry makes billions and billions in profits every year