Friday, December 11, 2009

Photo of the Day: The scream [of the uninsured]

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Amy Miller, a local waitress, has no health insurance
  • Amy Miller, a local waitress, has no health insurance

Health Care for America Now, MoveOn Political Action and Healthcare NOW sponsored a vigil in Centennial Olympic Park and march to the CNN Center Dec. 10 to urge Senator Isakson and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to do everything in their power to pass health care reform with a public option.

“The healthcare system is broken,” Dr. Minesh Shah, a doctor of internal medicine at Grady Hospital, said during the vigil. “What motivates me is what I see every day, it’s a moral outrage.”

According to Shah 45,000 people die a year from lack of health insurance making the lack of access to health insurance the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. According to MoveOn.Org 2,547 Americans go bankrupt every day from medical costs. Shah was joined by several speakers, including, Sen. Vincent Fort, Sen. Nan Orrock and Larry Pellegrini, Executive Director of the GA Rural Urban Summit. Mayor elect Kasim Reed also sent a statement supporting the work of the groups sponsoring the march and vowing to do his part to effect positive change. “Health care problems are every one's problems and we cannot flourish as a community until they are adequately addressed and inequities are nonexistent,” Reed's statement read.

Following the speakers the group of about 30 people marched to the front of the CNN Center on Marietta Street carrying fake coffins and signs calling for healthcare reform.

(Photo and Text by Joeff Davis)

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