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January 04, 2010

One Public Option

Faith Coleman is a nurse practitioner who doesn't have health insurance. Like many of her patients, her job does not offer an insurance option and she can't afford private insurance. Especially now: since Faith had kidney cancer, she is considered to have a pre-existing condition.

After her experience fighting cancer without insurance, Faith decided to open a free clinic offering premium treatment in Florida for anyone without health insurance who meets poverty guidelines. The Flager Country Free Clinic is still operating after five year of service. She talks to Dick Gordon about why her free clinic system works - and what models she sees for the national conversation about health care.

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