When the doors opened at 6am at least 300 people were standing in line. A vast convention centre in Baltimore had been transformed into a giant temporary free medical clinic. Word had spread among the city’s working poor.
There were military veterans and a large number of homeless people. Others in the queue had jobs in the digital economy, driving for Uber or working in warehouses for Amazon. Some couldn’t see; many had crumbling teeth. None had insurance that would cover their treatment.
Military veterans get health care from the Veterans Administration. You know, government run, free at the point of use, health care.