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Vice President Biden focuses on health care during his visit to Duplin County

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The Goshen Medical Center, in the Duplin County city of Faison, treats more than forty thousand patients per year. But rarely does it see this much excitement. Vice President Biden toured the clinic Wednesday morning, along with Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biden announced the facility will get more than $635,000 from the Recovery Act. In total, two billion dollars are allocated for community health centers across the country. "Health centers are the heart of these communities,” said Biden. “They serve 16 million patients across the country every year, more than half of them are in rural cities - towns like Faison." Almost half of those 16 million patients who visit federally funded health care centers do not have insurance. A third of Goshen's patients are uninsured. "We see it every day. People who are either turned away or they go to an emergency room for hours and hours," said Goshen’s Allyn Dambeck, Md. The funds will help subsidize and improve their treatment, and will create new positions at the clinic; more doctors, more nurses and administrative staff. "I work in medical records and we spend lots of time searching for records and this will help us out and take less time so that we can spend with patients," added Tara Davis. But on a larger spectrum, Vice President Biden stressed that the physical health of rural counties directly correlates to a vital economy. “This country's back bone is defined by people in this community,” he said. "America needs its small towns to flourish, just as it needs its big cities to survive and flourish.” A county does not necessarily have to be rural to receive funding for community health centers. New Hanover is the only other county in our area getting this kind of help from the Recovery Act. It will receive a little more than $200,000 for the Community Health Center on Fourth Street.

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I heard your report about Mr.Biden being in North Carolina today. I found it interesting because he is going across the state telling how the stimilus money is being used to help North Carolina. I saw another story about Mr. Bidens visit to North Carolina on Special Report with Bret Bier. In his segment, it states Mr. Biden may not be totally honest about where the money for a Pikeville station is coming from. Apparently, the money for this was allocated over a year ago under the Bush administration and has nothing to do with the current stimilus. The station was already going to receive the money Mr. Biden was saying would be coming thru the stimilus bill just passed. If this is so, how many more lies has he fed to the local media and they have reported as fact? I think it's time for the media to start doing their job and researching things before reporting them as fact.

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Biden is lobbying for a computerized health care system which will cost billions of dollars and increase the cost of health care. It is part of the government program to get all records on computer so that their program of socialized medicine can be implemented and controlled by the government. These records will no longer be private or protected if implemented. Wake up America.