Countdown’s free clinic in New Orleans reveals health reform’s human stories, demonstrates need for overhaul

Posted Nov 16, 2009, 6:41 PM PT by Jed Lewison • First broadcast: Nov 16, 2009

A few weeks ago, Countdown Sr. Producer Richard Stockwell came up with an idea: create a series of free clinics which would not only deliver care to the uninsured, but would demonstrate the need for health care reform that covers all Americans.

On Saturday, Stockwell attended the first of those free clinics, held in New Orleans in partnership with the National Association of Free Clinics. On Monday, Stockwell described his experience there in a post on, delivering a powerful and moving testament to the imperative of a health care overhaul.

Keith Olbermann read the post in its entirety during the first segment of Monday’s Countdown, along with video footage from the free clinic itself. Here’s the video:

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