Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, will be marking the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by hosting a free clinic for the uninsured at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on August 29. The event will be just the latest of the liberal firebreather’s efforts to lend a hand to the community’s residents in the wake of the disaster, and a refreshing reminder that the world of bare-knuckle political punditry can produce tangible good for people.
Ed Schultz will host the free clinic along with the National Association of Free Clinics. According to a press release, the free clinics have prevented seven suicides, diagnosed four cases of cancer, and delivered healthcare to over 13,000 uninsured people since 2009.
Schultz also hosted a free clinic in New Orleans in 2010, and has been involved with the community since shortly after Hurricane Katrina, launching the Adopt a Family of Hurricane Katrina Trust Fund. He broadcast live from Gulfport, and raised money on his radio show to directly aid victims of the disaster. He even relocated 20 Katrina survivors to Fargo, ND (his hometown), and helped get them jobs.
The free clinics also underscore the sad state of health care in America. As Schultz points out, many of the people who attend these clinics haven’t been to a doctor in years. People may disagree about how to fix the problem, but there’s little disagreement that Americans shouldn’t have to get sick, or even die, just because they can’t afford not to.
If you wish to donate to the National Association of Free Clinics, you can text the word “HEALTH” to 50555. Each text is a $10 donation.
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