Shaquille O'Neal building free children's hospital in Louisiana

Health care reform: Shaq is building a free children's hospital in Louisiana

7/2/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   The jersey of Los Angeles Lakers former player Shaquille O'Neal is retired during a half time ceremony during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Jeannie Buss, left, presents a framed jersey during the ceremony. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsIn one of the more impressive philanthropic moves we've seen in a while from an athlete, former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has announce that he plans to open a free children's hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"I wasn’t supposed to announce this, but I’m going to do it anyway. I had a talk with the powers that be in Baton Rouge, and my plan is to build a Shaquille O’Neal children’s hospital. That’s my plan, so that right now is in the works, and hopefully it gets done. [We're going] to build the biggest, freest hospital in the state of Louisiana. All sick children can come for free. That’s my vision."

That's quite a vision, and there's still no exact word on how he's going to accomplish such a lofty goal, but it's great to see him planning such an impressive endeavor.

Health care cost has been a contentious political issue seemingly forever, and things like this children's hospital will help ensure that people don't have to pay exorbitant fees just for their children to be healthy.

Kudos to Shaq and everyone involved, and hopefully this opens up soon for the people of Louisiana.
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7/3/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

oops...

7/3/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

(Edited by orangemen90)

7/2/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I'm really confused as to how this can be a free facility?

well... it may treat children that are Medicaid eligible,,, thus the taxpayers pay the tab... also Title V.. he will also have a foundation with plenty of money... but watch the CEO take out a 7 figure salary....and other executive take out high compensation....

7/2/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

But let me add, regardless it is a wonderful move by the Shaqtus. No one touches the Shaqtus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEJldO6GFIM

7/2/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm really confused as to how this can be a free facility?

7/2/13   |   Jess   |   34615 respect

Stuff like this always turns me into a fan. I've always kind of liked Shaq just because of his  goofiness but this is awesome.

7/2/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

thanks for the update.