As word of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act exploded across the Twittersphere, one thought came to my mind: would Robin Layman even hear about it? Layman, some readers may recall, was a 38-year-old woman I met in rural southeastern Tennessee at a weekend health clinic where hundreds of people, most of them uninsured, came for free care a few weeks ago.
SEWANEE, Tenn. — As Robin Layman, a mother of two who has major health troubles but no insurance, arrived at a free clinic here, she had a big personal stake in the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on the new national health care law. Not that she realized that. “What new law?” she said. “I’ve not heard anything about that.” Layman was one of 600 people who on a recent weekend came from across southeastern Tennessee for the clinic held by Remote Area Medical, a Knoxville-based organization that for two decades has been providing free medical, dental and vision care in underserved areas.