Health

(Editor’s Note: The following narrative is about a real patient. I have requested and received permission to tell his story. His name will not be used but he is aware that it may be possible for some who know him to identify who he is. The story will be told from my perspective. He would tell it slightly differently, I suspect, but the facts are accurate and the implications of his story and our relationship are significant for the future of health care. Over the past three years, he and I have become good friends. I have learned to respect and care for him and he for me.

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The presidential election gives me an opportunity to comment about the future of our country, and it is my hope that you will read this even though it might differ from some Republican and from some Democratic perceptions. We might have different perceptions and perspectives, but I don’t think we differ in our goals. Let me introduce myself and then, if you choose to read further, you will see what my solution to our society problems are.

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As Gwen McClelland walked out of Ubi Caritas, a clinic for the underinsured and uninsured in Beaumont, her two children fidgeted excitedly about being out of the clinic’s waiting room.

“I actually have four kids,” she said.

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