Over 700,000 people in South Carolina are uninsured. As part of the national effort to reform health insurance, four National Health Care Debate Forums will be held in South Carolina this year.

S.C. Appleseed, AARP South Carolina, The S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce, and S.C. Fair Share are teaming up to sponsor these educational forums. South Carolinians will get the chance to learn about proposed legislation and to get feedback on community needs.

It’s important for citizens to know what is happening on a federal level and know that health care coverage is possible, says Callie Vanderbilt with Appleseed. People are going to gain choices with this reform, she adds.

The event, which includes Congressman Jim Clyburn, will provide information about the proposed changes to health care. Citizens will also get the chance to share their personal experiences and their opinion on health care reform.

The forum will be held on Sat. July 11, from 2-4 p.m. at the International Longshoreman’s Association Hall at 1142 Morrison Drive. For more information contact Vanderbilt at (803) 779-1113 x 105.

Editor’s note: A Chris Haire post on the forum and the response from some conservatives has been getting a lot of attention.