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Sen. Sanders sells healthcare reform: community clinics to get a major boost

by Patt Morrison

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Health care reform is in the books, and yet doubts remain about one of the most sweeping pieces of social legislation in a generation. Sen. Bernie Sanders was an early proponent of universal coverage, so the final health care bill is probably a disappointment to him—but there’s an element of the bill that is near and dear to his heart, and that’s the increased funding for community health centers. Serving the most vulnerable segments of our population, community health clinics in California should be able to serve an additional 1.3 million people as $9.5 billion becomes available nationwide for these clinics. But is there a chance that these clinics could become overwhelmed with a flood of newly insured patients under the reform bill; and what will keep medical costs from continuing to rise, even as more money becomes available to community health organizations? The Senate’s true maverick, Bernie Sanders, is here to answer your questions.


Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont

Jim Mangia, president and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Clinic in South LA

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