The first of the free clinics in states where conservative Democrats are considering joining Republicans to filibuster health care reform in the Senate took place last weekend in New Orleans. Over 1000 people saw doctors for the first time in a long time. The statistics were overwhelming. 83% of the patients were employed. 90% of the people seen had two diagnoses. 82%. had a life threatening condition, diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. Four people were taken directly from the clinic to a hospital because their condition was life threatening at that moment. One woman was told she had stage 4 breast cancer with tumors throughout her body. She has decided not to seek treatment. It's too late for her. She will be a statistic, one of the 45,000 who die every year for lack of adequate health care.
There are several more free clinics that are scheduled. Go to Freeclinics.us for more information
Senator Mary Landrieu's office was asked to attend, but she had a "scheduling conflict." What kind of person who represents New Orleans would not show up to see the devastation that lack of health care has wrought on her constituents? What kind of person threatens to block health care reform without seeing the devastation lack of health has wreaked on the citizens of her own state? I just don't get it Senator Landrieu. Shame on you.