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Making health care work Panelists address need for reform so everyone gets care By Sarah Schulz sarah.xhulzQtheindeoendent.com

Larry Harbour isa hanl-~~*ingfamily man who runs his own busmesa he can be fog womg into the wee hoursto his Broken Bow-baseddetailingshop because he The rruon? He keep good can't affOrdtogtvehis Or himself, health care benefits. "It's nice to have a business, but what happens if I get hurt?,, he said. "It woulda sink my business. It to have insurance. month for my That's a house payment in Broken Bow. Maybe even a car payment I'dlove to supply it, but I can't afTord it. Health care is

pretty much out of my financial league." Harbour's situation isn't unique. Of the dozen or SO pp'le gathered at Grand Island's Grand Generation Center Wednesday night for a health care reform forum shook their heads as Harbow spoke. H~ alone. A panel -made up of Jon Bailey director of ~ aE S l~ W Cand ~ andysis programs at the of the Genter for RuralAffairs. MikeMcGahan, St Medical Center medical director; and Jennifer Carter,director of health care accessprogram for the Nebraska Appleseed Center for inthepub]icIn--led Wday's discussion and answered

questions. Connie Benjamin, state director of AARP Nebraska; Jane FlemingIUeeb, state director forChange hat works andKaW Voices ~ i g s Moore, b ~ executive For Children, were also present to share their thoughts. The group addressed the fact that health C= reform is beha -d about nationallvand i r b i n ~ d i - I C &

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Durlnq a community forum on health c a n reform Wednesday evening at the Grand Gtneratlon Center In Grand island, Uayd Francis (rlgM) and Margo Johnson of Junkta llsten to comments by small-business owner Larry Harbour (far left).

sr. trancls mealcal ulnctor Dr. M I R ~Mcwnan spsrnt aurlng WtOnesaq's gltrrmng. Also plctund am panel members (from left) small-budntss owner Larry Harbow, M h C a n Access Program Director Jennifer Carter and AARP State Dlnctor Connie Benlrmln, torum moderator.

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H~ALTHCARE sickness, to save costs." AIl three panelists said there are things about the current health care system that are working, but there are many things that need to be changed so that everyone can receive affordable health care. They discussed the need for a public/private option to cover costs and to spread the risk out amonga wider rampof p ple and companies. "Wehave tobuildon what we have," Carter said. "Whether we have a public system that is opened up as is or one that is overhauled needs to be determined. For better or worse, we need to work with what we've got." Many of the questions from the public centered around what can be done to police axts, prevent abuseof the systemand what it would take to change health care Their answers included a tracking system to p m n t patientsh m bouncinghm emergency room to emergency room to sharing personal stories with elected officials. "We're all advocates.You a l l have stories and no one knows your issues better than you," Bailey said. "You all have tremendous power. You'd be surprised what a small group can do." The panelists encouraged those in attendance to write to and call elected officials to share their concerns and thoughts. "We need your voice, your story to add to our message," Moore said.

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