There's an article in USA Today this morning in which the Congressional Budget Office states that "...the number of uninsured could jump 20% in 10 years, up from about 45 million in 2009 to 54 million...".
So here's the deal: while folks smarter than me figure out the ultimate solution to this problem, free clinics are out there NOW working to meet the needs of the uninsured. However, they can't do it without the volunteers...and of course funding.
It is time that free clinics are seen as an integral part of the solution to serving the uninsured, and are a player at the table when health care 'reform' or other such talk happens. We also need to continue to work hard at recruiting volunteers to help meet the need.
Here's the story: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-12-18-health_N.htm