It’s not often mention of Community Health Centers make the network airwaves but on last Sunday’s Meet The Press, the very subject came up. On the topic of health care reform and the path forward for the next Adminstration and Congress. U.S. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), House Majority Whip, told moderator Tom Brokaw, “I really believe that [health care reform] ought to be fleshed out in full by looking at our community healthcare programs. These programs have been around for a long time, people accept them as a part of their everyday lives. They are much more preventive, and, and President-elect Obama has talked about having a healthcare program that is preventive rather than curing illnesses. I believe that we have the framework already there for a universal access program that will, in fact, be market-driven, that will have partnerships. And we ought to look at community health, community health care programs.”
Photo: U.S. Rep. Clyburn listens to a delegation of health center leaders from South Carolina during a visit last March.