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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lining up for health care UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Through Wednesday afternoon, more than 900 people had signed up for appointments for free medical checks at the mass free clinic to be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center. A spokesman said on the radio this morning that the doctors and nurses will also try to accommodate walk-ins, but ulimately time will limit how many can be seen.

The Obama organization is organizing volunteers to staff the event to encourage participants to call their congressmen in support of health reform legislation. (PS: these workers won't be inside at the clinic itself, which is non-partisan. But they'll be free to to roam outside, as are teabaggers, etc.)

UPDATE: A spokesman for the national free clinics group said more than 1,000 have signed up for reservations and, with 1,200 medical volunteers ready to work, the clinic should be able to accommodate up to 1,500 patients. (In case you wondered, volunteers have to provide licenses and those licenses are double-checked with licensing agencies for validity before the volunteers can work.) Little Rock turned out more volunteers than Houston, Texas did. That's pretty amazing.

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