FCAN and OFA Health Care Fair

07/01/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
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With the ongoing conversation in Washington about health care reform, groups are getting together to bring the issue to the local level.

Tampa’s Organizing for America and the Florida Consumer Action Network organized an event in Julian B. Lane Park in Tampa this past Saturday. John Bovona, the state field director for Organizing for America, a grass roots group linked with President Obama, explains why.

This reform is controversial, but volunteers came out to show their support and provide health services and information. Damon Vu, a Tampa physician was at the event to provide any medical services if necessary. He supports reforming healthcare.

Former democratic state senator, Les Miller, who is now running for Hillsborough County Commissioner was asked to attend based on his own experiences with healthcare.

Winifred Peetyoung of Brandon also had a story about her health care experiences. While visiting in Alabama, her 23-year old daughter had an asthma attack but feared seeking medical help due to costs.

Kenneth Caldwell from Valrico was one volunteer from the Drug and Alcohol Comprehensive Counseling of Tampa to showcase the different programs they offer for the young and the elderly.

Franklin Beedle from San Antonio represented the Lions Club International and gave free screenings on their diabetes screening grant.

Although congress is off this week for the 4th of July break, key senators are reported to be working on finalizing language on the legislation.

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