Stadium Healthcare

“INGLEWOOD, California (Reuters) – Inside an aging sports arena, where rows of dental chairs and a hospital smell have replaced the former Los Angeles Lakers basketball court, thousands of Americans are seeking free healthcare.

“Hundreds were turned away just on Tuesday, the first day of a weeklong clinic run by the nonprofit Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corp as part of its mission to provide free health, dental and eye care in needy spots around the world.

“It marks the first time in RAM’s 25 years that it has gone to a major U.S. metropolitan area — a reminder that even in Los Angeles, with world-class doctors and hospitals, many do not have access to affordable healthcare.”
LA sports arena hosts health clinic of last resort, By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, August 13, 2009

Does somebody want to tell me again why, in what should be one of the richest cities in the richest country in the world, this should be so and why we don’t need universal healthcare? Or, Christ, just give Medicare to anyone who applies for it. Is it really that difficult?

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