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We must have health care reform in this country if we want to avoid being aligned with the Third World when it comes to taking care of our citizens.

We need to have medical coverage for people who lose their jobs, as well as ensure continuing coverage for those who get sick.

As a musician, I have several jobs, none of which provide health insurance. My husband is soon to be laid off due to budget cuts from the state. If we stay in this country, we will be one of the tens of millions of Americans who are one illness away from total financial disaster.

This, while insurance companies and health management companies continue to make record profits.

The public option must be included in health care reform to keep the insurance companies honest and to ensure that all Americans have the option of affordable health care.

We must pass reform now if we wish to retain our status in the First World.

Julie Post

Boulder

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