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We need healthcare reform

As the healthcare debate continues we must keep our eye on the big picture. Healthcare reform is necessary and it is our legislators that need to keep this legislation moving. 

As a cancer patient, I see families and patients who have to make extraordinary decisions between treatment and bankruptcy, life-saving drugs and household expenses. We need reform that will give patients affordable and adequate healthcare.

Congress must get a few things right in the final healthcare reform bill. They must make sure everyone has affordable healthcare coverage. This means that low-income Minnesotans should not have to pay more than 10 percent of their incomes towards healthcare.  

We also need adequate coverage. This means that insurance should fully cover prevention and not leave Minnesotans underinsured. Whether on the political left or right -- all of us should expect our members of Congress to enact, before the year ends, on specific improvements to health insurance that benefits all Minnesotans.