In A Conservative Corner Of California, A Push To Preserve Obamacare

Greta Elliott, who manages a health clinic in Canby, Calif., says she didn’t buy health insurance for herself because she thinks it’s too expensive.

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Greta Elliott, who manages a health clinic in Canby, Calif., says she didn’t buy health insurance for herself because she thinks it’s too expensive.

April Dembosky/KQED

Modoc County, in the northeast corner of California, is roughly the size of Connecticut. It’s so sparsely populated that the entire county has just one stoplight. The nearest Walmart is more than an hour’s drive, across the Oregon border. Same with hospitals that deliver babies.

Greta Elliott runs a tiny health clinic in Canby, on the edge of the national forest. “Rural” doesn’t begin to describe the area, she says. This is “the frontier.”

“There are more cows in Modoc than there are people,” Elliott says.

There’s a frontier mentality, too. People take care of each other, and they take care of themselves. They don’t like being told what to do. Being forced to buy insurance made Obamacare a dirty word.

Even Elliott, administrator of

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/05/535029503/in-a-conservative-corner-of-california-a-push-to-preserve-obamacare?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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