Usually when I hear any reference to free healthcare it’s associated with illegal aliens mooching off the welfare of American taxpayers. The free healthcare they get is not from free health clinics but from regular hospitals and urgent care centers.
In some parts of the southwest, small hospitals and urgent care centers have had to close their doors because of the amount of free medical care they were forced to provide to illegals. I have friends in Arizona who have told me of some places in the southern part of the state that no longer have any local emergency facilities, forcing US citizens to travel further to larger cities to get urgent care. The delay in treatment for things like heart attacks, strokes and auto accidents can mean the difference between life and death.
However, in a few areas of our nation, there have been clinics that have been providing free healthcare to US citizens as well as illegals. These clinics have been a godsend for many lower income Americans, but that godsend may not last much longer.
A few of these free clinics have closed their doors due to the fact many of the people they served were able to sign up for Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion. With most of their clientele now having coverage the need for free medical care no longer was necessary.
Even more free healthcare clinics are having to close their doors due to Obamacare. The closings are not due to tyrannical regulations as you may first think, but to a lack of donations. When Obamacare was first implemented, the government kept telling everyone that they were required by the socialist law to obtain health insurance. Many of the donors that supported the free clinics assumed that everyone would get coverage so their checkbooks closed up and put away. With donations drying up, free clinics could no longer afford to operate and had no choice but to close their doors.
One of the free health clinics that closed was the Community Health Mission in Savannah, Georgia. With people still waiting to be treated, the clinic was forced to shut their doors. Board member Colin McRae explained:
“As soon as there was the perception of universal healthcare, the likelihood of receiving donations goes down.”
Statistics have shown that more people are now uninsured than when Obamacare first went into effect. Of the 6 to 8 million people who signed up, a large percentage of them previously had coverage and were either looking for better policies or had their old one’s cancelled.
Obamacare has raised the cost of healthcare and reduced the quality and access to physicians, specialists and hospitals. More Americans need access to free healthcare clinics than ever before, but thanks to the false perceptions of Obamacare and the lies told by Obama and Pelosi, fewer Americans will have that access.