Sen. Bernie Sanders grabs the Charleston campaign trip with health talks, seven stitches

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (WCIV)

Hopeful Presidential Council Senator Bernie Sanders ended a two-day trip to Charleston on Friday with a panel discussion.

Sanders joined several panelists in the ILA Hall on Morrison Drive to talk about Medicare for all, one of the main points of his campaign. The event was open to the public. It was a much smaller event than the rally in North Charleston on Thursday night, attended by about 1,600 people.

"We speak of comprehensive care that meets all health needs," said Sanders. "Several years ago, it seemed like a radical idea. It turns out that the majority of Americans support this idea in poll after poll. "

Doctors like Dr. Steve Barnett were on the jury. The family doctor also serves as director of CAN Community Health. Barnett said a Medicare for all systems would greatly improve his medical practice.

"The stress of our work is insurance coverage. It's not Medicare and it's not Medicaid, it's private insurance, "Barnett said. "It would make life easier for us, it would make life easier for patients."

Sanders heard from members of the audience, real people with real problems. Patricia Cannon Fisher, 55, sat in front. The resident of Summerville said she broke her neck in a car accident in 2011 and has never been the same, adding that she has been denied disability three times.

"I'll have my lower back surgery done in a few weeks," she said in tears. "I'm really in a bind here. I am getting sicker and sicker because I have no medical care. "

Fisher said she relies heavily on charities and health centers in the community.

"Representative Jim Clyburn, your representative here in South Carolina, and I've been working to double funding for community health centers [in the Affordable Care Act]"Said Sanders. "Community centers provide primary care, provide dental care, provide psychological counseling, and offer the lowest cost of prescription medicines available in the country. I am pleased to inform you that Representative Clyburn and I are now working to significantly increase funding for community health centers. "

The roundtable lasted for about an hour until Sanders apologized for taking a flight to Nevada, where he rallied on Saturday.

Sanders left South Carolina with a souvenir – seven stitches. Campaign spokesman Arianna Jones said Sanders cut his head on the edge of a shower door early Friday morning. He was cared for in a walk-in clinic and resumed immediately after his busy schedule.