St. Luke’s Free Clinic


PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THREE REPUBLICANS AND 48 DEMOCRATS LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOWN. THE FIGHT FOR REFORM ON CAPITOL HILL HAS MANY AMERICANS CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING THE COVERAGE THEY HAD. WE SENT KIMBERLY BROWN LIVE IN SPARTANBURG AT A CLINIC WHERE HEALTHCARE, KIM, IS FREE. Reporter: ABSOLUTELY, GORDON. MANY AMERICANS AS YOU KNOW DON’T HAVE HEALTHCARE AND THEY WERE WAITING IN THE BALANCE TO SEE IF THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO OBAMACARE, BUT THIS CLINIC — TO HAVE OBAMACARE, BUT THIS CLINIC IN SPARTANBURG IS AN OPTION FOR FREE AND THEY’RE DOING IT ALL TO HELP THE COMMUNITY. LAWMAKERS FAILURE TO PASS THE SKINNY REPEAL LEAVES A BIG QUESTION MARK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS OBAMACARE. EVERYONE DESERVES MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE INSURANCE SITUATION RIGHT NOW IS A LITTLE BIT TROUBLING. Reporter: ST. LUKE’S FREE MEDICAL CLINIC OFFERS HEALTHCARE FOR THOSE WITHOUT INSURANCE, INCLUDING MEDICAID. AND THIS IS SOME OF OUR ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLIES. Reporter: THEY DEPEND ON DONATIONS, EVERYTHING FROM SITE PHARMACY, DONATED MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND WORKERS. WE HAVE VOLUNTEER NURSES, CLERICAL HELP. Reporter: THEIR MISSION IS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE WHERE NO OTHER RESOURCES. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VERY TEARFUL INTERACTIONS WITH PATIENTS THEY SERVE KNOWING THEY HAVE SOMEONE THEY CAN GO TO AND GET THEIR MEDICINES FOR FREE. Reporter: IT’S THAT COVERAGE THAT PEOPLE WANT LAWMAKERS TO FIGURE OUT, DEMAND FOR FREE SERVICE HAS ALREADY INCREASED THIS YEAR. IF CONGRESS HAD REPEALED OBAMACARE, THERE LIKELY WOULD HAVE BEEN A SIGNIFICANT SPIKE. YOU CANNOT BLAME, REALLY, COMPANY OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS FOR NOT COVERING BECAUSE IT IS SO RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Reporter: ST. LUKE IS WORKING TO FILL THAT GAP AND THEY’RE READY FOR MORE PATIENTS. YOU KNOW, THE CLINIC IN ORDER TO GET COVERAGE THERE, THERE ARE A FEW QUALIFICATIONS THAT YOU HAVE TO MEET, JUST TO NAME A FEW, THE APPLICANTS MUST BE A RESIDENT OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY, AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE NO INSURANCE AT ALL. SO THOSE WHO WORK HEAR SAY THEY ARE READY AND WILLING TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND HELP PEOPLE WITH THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE AT HAND. REPORTING LIVE IN SPARTANBURG,

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