On Sunday afternoon, Physician and Candidate for Congress in the 9th District, Dr. Dena Grayson hosted a health care fair in East Orlando, to give residents access to some preliminary care they might not otherwise receive if their uninsured.
Access to health care has been a focal point for Grayson since the beginning of her campaign, pointing to the millions of Floridians that are currently uninsured because of the impasse between the Republican controlled legislature and the federal government over the expansion of Medicaid.
While Grayson is currently seeking public office, she says it wasn’t the reason she hosted the event.
“This isn’t really about the campaign, healthcare is a right. I want this to all be obsolete.” she says “There are two reasons I did this, first to help the community and secondly to shed light on the issue.”
One of the visitors to the clinic was a Manager at a major restaurant chain that still could not afford access to medical services despite working for years at the food service industry.
Attendees to the clinic were seen by a Physician and then given a physical examination, diabetes screening, blood pressure reading, and some available medications.
There has been some confusion over Grayson’s background and timeline regarding her time between treating patients and working in research. She pushed back at any criticism regarding her credentials and work in the medical field.
“I am a Medical Doctor. I spent years treating uninsured patients for free. I moved into research because I saw it as a way of treating multiple patients by finding cures.” she says “If you were in the military fifty years ago, it doesn’t make your service any less important. You’re still a soldier.”
Dr. Grayson is currently running for her Husband, Alan Grayson’s seat representing the Orange/Osceola county district. Other candidates running in the competitive primary include State Senator Darren Soto, Grayson’s former District Director Susannah Randolph and Businesswoman Valleri Crabtree.
“I feel your pain and I’m going to keep fighting for your right to see a Doctor.” Grayson says in closing.