Community health centers fill a vital need in our health care system. Every day they work long hours to provide quality care at prices that people can afford, and in a way that takes into account the challenges that they face in their lives.
I spent a number of years in the medical field. I even ran medical practices. But even I was unaware until recently about one really good option for people struggling to find more affordable medical care -- the federally funded community health center program.
Just before 5 a.m., my hand phone is buzzing madly. I am up instantly, knowing that it must be an emergency: A newborn is having difficulty breathing. I am off and running down my stairs and out into the darkness.
In times of high unemployment, community health centers take on an even larger role. That's why it was so disheartening that, earlier this year, Congress reduced funding to health centers by $600 million.
The common sense ideas that President Obama has proposed will provide an immediate spark to our economy. That's why Congress should act quickly to pass the American Jobs Act and send it to the president to sign.
For some of our most vulnerable members of society, finding quality care at an affordable price can be difficult if not impossible. Yet thanks to community health centers, more and more Americans are getting the care they need.