Friday, March 07, 2014

The Daily Show on Third World Health Care in Knoxville, Tennessee

Again The Daily Show was really good last night. Now I think I know why Jon Stewart laughed knowingly the other day when Jim DeMint said we had the best health care system in the world, he knew about last night's segment, Third World Health Care - Knoxville, Tennessee Edition.

I think The Daily Show is really at their best when they point out that statements someone makes, that are the basis of their platform, are completely wrong. That leads to statements like "And I'll be honest, If you're poor, stop being poor."

I first heard about Remote Area Medical from a documentary of the same name. They do giant pop-up free clinics over a weekend. The organization was originally created to help third world nations but they found a great need in their home area of Tennessee so now they work in the US almost exclusively. In the film they document a three day clinic at a speedway. Hundreds (thousands?) of people lined up over night for some care, ranging from eye glasses and dental to cancer care. The patients were so tremendously grateful.

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