Saturday, August 15, 2009

Americans Desperate for Health Care (Photos)

This is where Obama should stage his Health Care Town Halls. Why isn't Obama here?

The photo above is of thousands of Americans flooding a stadium in Inglewood California for the promise of free health care. The photo is featured in a story in the UK press titled: The brutal truth about America’s healthcare. The desperately needed free health care is provided by a charity organization -- Remote Area Medical -- which was founded by a man from the UK and originally designed for third world countries.

Americans desperate for health care -- in what they say is the richest nation in the world -- lined up and slept on sidewalks for as long as 36 hours in hopes of getting health care.

The brutal truth about America’s healthcare: They came in the thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury. Some of these Americans had walked miles simply to have their blood pressure checked, some had slept in their cars in the hope of getting an eye-test or a mammogram, others had brought their children for immunisations that could end up saving their life.

In the week that Britain's National Health Service was held aloft by Republicans as an "evil and Orwellian" example of everything that is wrong with free healthcare, these extraordinary scenes in Inglewood, California yesterday provided a sobering reminder of exactly why President Barack Obama is trying to reform the US system.

The LA Forum, the arena that once hosted sell-out Madonna concerts, has been transformed – for eight days only – into a vast field hospital. In America, the offer of free healthcare is so rare, that news of the magical medical kingdom spread rapidly and long lines of prospective patients snaked around the venue for the chance of getting everyday treatments that many British people take for granted. Read more. . .