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WISE, Va. ó For Whitney Smith Castle, the health care debate in Washington felt even further away than the 400 miles this corner of Virginiaís coal county is from Congress.
Her daughter was having health problems and she didnít know what to do."You have no idea how many times weíve been to doctors," she told the specialist at a free clinic set up at the county fairgrounds here that treats some 2,500 patients in a single weekend each year.
Image: Lt. Governor Ralph Northam arrives at the Wise County Fairgrounds to volunteer during the Remote Area Medical clinic, July 22, 2017, in Wise, Virginia.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam arrives at the Wise County Fairgrounds to volunteer during the Remote Area Medical clinic, July 22, 2017, in Wise, Virginia. Raymond Thompson Jr. / for NBC News
Her 8-year-old daughter, Miranda Smith, looked up through blonde bangs at the pediatric neurologist ó who also happens to be the stateís lieutenant governor and a physician ó as he put a stethoscope to her chest. He provided a diagnosis and his cell phone number, assuring Castle that everything should be fine.Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, running for governor as a Democrat, had just come from his first debate against Republican Ed Gillespie that morning. The two had argued about the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ó and now Northam was treating those who had fallen through its cracks.
"Just another day at work," Northam said in the drawl of Virginia's rural Eastern Shore.
Wise County voted 80 percent for Donald Trump, but with unemployment, poverty and disability rates all above the national average, most of the patients here didn't care about whether the White House would prevail in the health care debate raging in D.C. or what version of the GOP plan would be voted on. They just wanted care.