The Free Clinic is the Solution to the Problem of Government Mandated Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has turned out to be an abysmal failure. From millions of Americans losing their health insurance plans, to’s technical issues, and the fact that the Obama administration gave lobbyists a half-a-million dollar grant to help with their PR battle, goes to show how incompetent government actually is.

While Democrats continue to mirror a European-styled socialism and try to establish income redistribution as America’s main cornerstone, the establishment Republicans are not offering real solutions either. Both political Parties are hell bent on expanding government at the taxpayer’s expense.

free-clinic-docsBut despite the failures of both Parties many Americans are finding real solutions to help the poor get access to healthcare.

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Bruce Smith from the AP writes, “Hilton Head Island as a free clinic using retired physicians and volunteers to care for the working poor has become a model for dozens of similar clinics nationwide. At a time when the nation debates how to pay for care, there are now 96 Volunteers in Medicine Clinics in 29 states.”

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These networks of free clinics grew from a model developed in 1994 on this resort by Dr. Jack McConnell in 1994. Smith writes that “the Hilton Head clinic has grown to handle more than 33,000 patient visits a year and offers services that include, among others, dental and eye care and mental health treatment and family practice.”

Amy Hamlin, the executive director of the national Volunteers in Medicine based in Burlington, Vt., states, “It’s really remarkable what they are able to do without any government funding and using volunteers.”

Each clinic is independent and the national network offers help to those who want to start new ones. Clinics are supported by cash donations, donated medical supplies, and a volunteer network.

This model is working and offers a successful template for other communities to copy. According to Lisa Drakeman, the chairman of the clinic’s board of directors, the Hilton Head clinic operates on an annual budget of just over $2 million. Can government do that?

The simple truth is that “the State is not the answer.” Voluntaryism comes to mind here. The idea that all human interactions should be based on voluntary cooperation and those which are not, such as government, must be abolished.

States should nullify Obamacare and find ways to completely opt out of Medicaid and allow successful clinics like these to thrive.

In a political world where both Parties, by their actions, implement policies that regulate, tax, and spend, it’s refreshing to see Americans creating value without government coercion or meddling.

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