September 22nd, 2009

He’s Obama’s biggest fan — with a giant-size health struggle

By Kelley Luckstein

7-foot-8-inch Igor Vovkovinskiy says his own health care issues have prompted his advocacy, On sunny mornings, you often can find Igor Vovkovinskiy sitting with his legs propped up at a quiet fishing hole near the Fisherman's Inn on Lake Zumbro, just north of Rochester, Minn… it was a big deal for him to walk on the floor of the Target Center in Minneapolis amid thousands of people on a recent Saturday morning in the hope of greeting President Barack Obama. Wearing a T-shirt that read, "World's Biggest Obama Supporter," the Rochester man knew he would attract attention, but it seemed worth it…Vovkovinskiy said he wouldn't be alive without the initial medical care the Mayo Clinic provided at no charge and the continued medical care funded by the federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. He worries about the people with fewer medical needs but no insurance.

 

Pioneer Press by Jeremy Olson, 09/21/09

Tags: health care reform, Health Policy, Health Policy, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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