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As Republicans weaken health care law, free clinics worry about ripple effect (video)

The executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County [1] is among those closely watching Republican efforts in the State House to challenge [2] the new federal health law.

Anne Burke says since the recession began they have seen a real uptick in people seeking care from their Open Door Clinic, one of the first free clinics in North Carolina. And Burke is convinced the Affordable Care Act will provide a better system of care for individuals who now often wait until their condition is critical before seeking medical treatment.

A report [3] released this week by the NC Health Access Coalition further details how the individual mandate (under fire by House Bill 2 [4]) will control health care costs and eliminate insurance denials.

Burke recently appeared on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss her concerns about state budget cuts, efforts to undermine the federal health care law, and the impact on her nonprofit: