Having to play the healthcare lottery

Awaiting a winning ticket in the healthcare lottery at the Arlington Free Clinic in Northern Virginia. (AFP Photo/Fabieene Faur)

Awaiting a winning ticket in the healthcare lottery at the Arlington Free Clinic in Northern Virginia.
(AFP Photo/Fabieene Faur)

In Arlington, where Amy and I lived for 23 years, residents without health insurance may not be able to get through the problem-plagued Obamacare web site, but they can hope to win he healthcare lobby at the Arlington Free Clinic.

About 10 percent of Arlington County’s residents don’t have health insurance or they can hope to be among the 20 to 25 winners each month of the “healthcare lottery” that gives them free medical care at the Free Clinic.

Those who win can get free care for anything — from a bad back to cancer.

States that opted for “health exchanges” appear to be having an easier time getting residents who need healthcare on the new Obamacare program.  Virginia is not one of those states.

Virginia could extend Medicaid, as some other states are doing,.

Fabienne Faur wrote a good story on the Arlington Free Clinic and the state’s problems over on our political web site.  It’s worth reading.

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One Response to Having to play the healthcare lottery

  1. Yvonne says:

    Portland, Oregon, has had a similar lottery for several years. I wish the U.S. had a health care system comparable to that in the UK (including Canada) and most countries in Europe. Access to health care should be a basic human right.

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