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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-15-09 03:45 AM
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Countdown: New Free Clinic Fair Drive Total on Money Raised Is... (w/ Dr. Oz)
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MSNBC Countdown w/ KEITH OLBERMANN - 14 October 2009: Keith gives the updated total of money donated for his Free Clinic Fair drive - more than $817,000, enough to pay for three fairs, dependent on setting up arena-sized locations. Right now New Orleans and Little Rock are the focus. He interviews cardiac sugeon Dr. Mehmet Oz who says that the uninsured and underinsured is a "national catastrophe."

OLBERMANN: Is there a story that's big picture, is there A story that epitomizes it for you?

OZ: Well, I'll bring one alive, actually, that shocked me. And as a heart surgeon, I also take care of kids sometimes. Baby Annalee is a 14-month-old child; her mother, Victoria, works, as you mentioned, Keith, like many of the folks we saw, like almost everyone we saw: A working mother, five kids; Baby Annalee has a hole in her heart. I was taking care of her, doing an echocardiogram for her on the rodeo floor of the Reliant Center, where the Houston Texans were to play the next day. It'ss a shocking reality to me 'cause I thought I'd be practicing in tents once in a while in my life. I didn't think it would happen in this country.

Just to make it clear, this was a catastrophe at many levels, but it wasn't a natural catastrophe. And what hurts me the most is that while we're dithering, as you used the phrase, trying to find a health care plan, when we really should be putting a face on the reality that uninsured Americans represent to us.

OLBERMANN: We mentioned that the event in Houston, that was a one-day record, and you have understandably called that a dubious honor. As great as that was, is there a way to quantify the shame that is involved in this, that we are - as wonderful an outpouring as these things represent, from the donors to you guys out in the field - is there a way to quantify how far behind we are relative to where we should be on this?

OZ: Well, just to put some numbers on it, you pointed out that we'll probably take care of 8 million people in the free clinics. Last year, when I first started doing free clinics it was about 4 million. The year before no one heard of them, because it took care of about 2 million Americans. The social safety net of our nation has become through free clinics.

Now, in fairness, I was incredibly honored, and I want to celebrate the 700 people who donated their time, who realized that they had to help their fellow man, but it's an embarrassment. It's shameful when you have almost 1,800 people coming out, when we didn't really do all that much to get the word out, to a free clinic, because they're so desperate. They're just clinging to any help they can get. And, Keith, when they look at you in the eyes, they're ashamed. They feel invisible. They feel like they've been forgotten by society. You can not have a wealthy society if you don't have a healthy society.

And, at this very upshot, we're not getting value for the money, because these people are like ships crashing into the shore. We're still going to have to pay to put the pieces together, but if you gave them a dock to come into, it would make a whole lot more sense.

OLBERMANN: The whistleblower Wendell Potter, who was the PR man for CIGNA and then has gone completely to the other side and is unlocking the mysteries of what the industry has done all this time, the insurance industry, was turned, essentially, by going to a free clinic. If you had your choice of doing one thing with every legislator for an hour in the rest of their lives, would it be to take them to one of these things?

OZ: Without question...

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The last word is when we have these folks wandering into free clinics and they're costing us a lot of money once they get ill, we're not giving them a chance to get back on top. Most Americans think that people who go to free clinics are very different from them. Ed Adams, who is one of the first people we talk about on the show tomorrow, he had a six-figure job last year. He made one wrong turn. One wrong turn. These aren't people who have been on the dole for their whole lives. They're just like you and me...

- snip -

The big shame would be if we become desensitized to these people.

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Altoid_Cyclist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-15-09 05:16 AM
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1. National catastrophe pretty much says it all.
Edited on Thu Oct-15-09 05:16 AM by Altoid_Cyclist
The health care system in this country would be laughable if it wasn't killing so many people.

I've mentioned this before, but when I see what the health care systems are like in other countries, I get too angry to know what to say.

I've mentioned the example of my BIL in Germany, but it's worth repeating when I see a story like this.

He needed a 10 hour plus operation, numerous skin grafts and a 7 week hospital stay.

The bill for the surgery was $20. That's not a typo., it was $20 for the surgery. The other charges were $10 per day for the hospital. The total out of pocket bill was between $500 & $600 USD.

I've had a lot of tests that cost us more than that.

The US has the best health care system in the world???
Give me a freaking break!
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-15-09 05:21 AM
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2. K & R
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-15-09 05:26 AM
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3. Rec'd. Great segment. nt
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davidwparker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-15-09 08:25 AM
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-18-09 09:31 PM
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5. kick to remind myself to donate tomorrow
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