1000 people show up for free healthcare clinic

I was watching Countdown last night and Keith Olbermann had said that 1000 people got free healthcare at the clinic in Hartford. Most of them had not had access to a Doctor in years. Whether it was the unemployed, the underemployed, the working poor. The common thread among them all is that access to medical professionals is beyond their financial  reach because of our completely broken healthcare insurance for profit. MSNBC's Ed Schultz broadcast from there yesterday, their network had organized the fund raising for this effort, and he had some harsh words for the politicians that are ignoring these people that are in dire straights.

Lives were saved because of this.

American people that had been guilty of nothing more than slipping through the gaping cracks in our winner takes all "social safety nets", ever weakened safety nets because of an unbalanced "free market run amok" rigged to keep the poor in a permanent stasis of desperation, got much needed treatment they will never receive, ever again, if we don't fix things properly.

ctblogger has more video from this at My Left Nutmeg:
From the Keith Olbermann sponsored free clinic today in Hartford. Rep. Joe Courtney made a brief appearance on The Ed Show, while his wife Audrey (a nurse) attended the event. I'm told Ned Lamont also attended.
I don't know what they are doing in Washington.
I know that there aren't any house members here and there aren't any senators here. And I can tell you one piece of information here in Connecticut, the house and the senate passed Universal care for everyone and the governor vetoed it. The public option in this state polls overwhelmingly well, but in Washington, Joe Lieberman, not only is he not here tonite, but he's against the public option.

7:17 minutes:  I could look Joe Lieberman in the eye, and Senator, I don't care if it costs me my job, I don't care, you are a coward.  

Lieberman is not the only one, Ed.


Cirze said...

Thanks for running this item.

If every state in the U.S. had people unafraid to publicize the plight of their citizens, it would be impossible for the Congress to be allowed to continue down this path of infamy.

Again, thank you!


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libhom said...

Lieberbush will probably try to keep this free healthcare from ever happening again.

Anonymous said...

It was nice to see someone with an $1800 suit complaining that we are not doing enough for people without health care. Maybe he and all the other broadcasters in their $1800 Armani suits can all chip in and buy these people affordable health care packages. Or wait here is a better idea. Instead of overhauling the entire health care system including the 85% who already have health care and are happy with it according to various polls, why don't we just worry about the remaining 15% who need our help. I think making the health insurance as easy to buy as car insurance would be a step in the right direction. You have competition across state lines by insurance companies nationwide and there would be more choice and lower costs right?

Cirze said...

But that would be adopting the European model you know.

And no one here wants to do that!

Socialism! (just like the systems we set up for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid . . . - but - shush! - don't tell anybody).


I think making the health insurance as easy to buy as car insurance would be a step in the right direction.

Connecticut Man1 said...

I am wondering if Thomas Rice realizes that about half of the healthcare costs in this country are paid for by the government already?

"The first of these myths, which has been all over the airwaves lately, is the claim that President Obama is proposing a government takeover of one-sixth of the economy, the share of G.D.P. currently spent on health.

Well, if having the government regulate and subsidize health insurance is a “takeover,” that takeover happened long ago. Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs already pay for almost half of American health care, while private insurance pays for barely more than a third (the rest is mostly out-of-pocket expenses). And the great bulk of that private insurance is provided via employee plans, which are both subsidized with tax exemptions and tightly regulated.

The only part of health care in which there isn’t already a lot of federal intervention is the market in which individuals who can’t get employment-based coverage buy their own insurance."

The reason it is this messed up is because the insurance corporations only want to insure the healthy people and leave the unprofitable people, the sick ones, on the government plans.

I never knew wearing an expensive suit disqualified you from having an opinion? I guess we need to boot the corporate types and their highly paid lobbyists out of the circle jerk of power since they all wear expensive suits.

The stupid is the people trying to claim that anything the government might do on this is radical.