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September 5th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

A lifeline for uninsured

For every one person without health insurance, there are two people who don't have dental.

That means 100 million people in the U.S. go without dental coverage.

Those lucky enough to live in Atlanta can seek help from a free dental clinic.

Though overwhelmed with high demand, the clinic gives hope and smiles by serving only those patients who can't afford dental coverage.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield explains.


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  1. a fauber

    you have the tea party express info please add this view point as well ....from doctors........http://www.madashelldoctors.com/

    September 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  2. May

    I am disabled and II am surviving on SS Disability. If this woman has been diagnosed with two incurable diseases, has been reduced to a wheel chair, (I'm not in one) then she too is qualified for SS Disability. If she is qualified for SS Disability then she already has Medicare and if she can afford it a private insurance for supplemental and if not, then Medicaid. She has her meds paid for. I have very expensive medicine. You get your choice of plans every year to chose from. If she chose poorly that's not my problem then is it? Either way, all the plans have differnet deductables....but they all pay for the meds...every month...it's just how much of each med that is paid is different with each plan. I AM DISABLED!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  3. Thea

    I thought that healthcare insurance reform was to help those individuals who cannot afford insurance, so that every american has access to health care. Why are these individuals who has health insurance that they are pleased with, making this arguement about them. Every American with health insurance is subject to have their insurance status change for many reasons with or without a public option. No insurance is set in stone. Companies go out of business, merge, etc. But at least these indiviuals can afford to shop and buy another insurance plan. Health care reform is not about you! It is about the 47 million uninsured americans who cannot afford heathcare and the containment of the rising cost of healthcare. I say to individuals who can afford health insurance but just does not want to have to give up their current insurance plan, “Grow up and think of all americans not just your selves and stop being selfish. Take the emphasis off of your selves for one moment and put it on your country.” Would you not rather live in a country where most of the people are insured. Would you rather not have sickly people share a country with you. I just think it will make the country more healthy as a whole. That is why other countries invest in the health of their nation as a whole.

    September 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  4. Gertrud

    Using as inspiration, I can come up with a quick apiooxpmatirn of average costs for Canadians. The report shows that 2008 per capita health insurance was around $5150. (2009 and 2010 expenses were projected to increase from that by $250/yr per capita) That works out to $430 per month of govt.-paid money per person. I'm not sure how can be on average as low as $50/month, or where the other $380/month comes from. (side note: The amount of Canadians' health care costs that are paid for with that govt money is steady at 70%, with the rest coming out of pocket.)I would like to think that for $430/person/month you could probably buy pretty good health insurance in America, especially if you exclude Rx drugs, to the point of free (no deductibles, no co-insurance, no out-of-pocket). If something like that existed in America for that cost, I wonder if Americans who could afford it would buy it for themselves

    August 28, 2012 at 11:35 am |

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