Perhaps you recently spied a purple bus chugging down the highway and feared a Barney the dinosaur concert replete with thousands of screaming toddlers was headed to a venue near you. But Outliers can assure you thats not the case.
Outliers: On the road to reform with a big purple bus
Those wheels are actually the property of Atlanta mom and former lawyer Kathie McClure, who last March launched a cross-country effort to collect hundreds of personal stories about families and individuals whose lives have been badly hurt by a lack of healthcare insurance, too little coverage or unmanageable medical expenses. On June 24, as a part of a larger healthcare reform demonstration scheduled to take place at Washingtons Freedom Plaza, McClure and her not-for-profit group, VoteHealthCare.org, plan to deliver those stories to Congress.
Over the past three months, McClure has driven 16,500 miles and visited 25 states collecting letters from people who she says are desperate for help and want to see healthcare reform become a reality. I know that meaningful reform that achieves quality, affordable healthcare for all will not happen without citizens overwhelming support, she has said.
The 54-year-old activist says personal experience prompted her to set out in her purple bus, which was painted to represent a desire for blue Democrats and red Republicans to come together on the issue of healthcare reform. McClure has been unable to find affordable healthcare policies to cover her own son and daughter, 27-year-old Chris who has type 1 diabetes and 25-year-old Caitlin who has epilepsy. My journey has taught me Im not alone in this fight, she has said.
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