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Will Health Reform “Buzz Saw” Cut at the Heart of America?

January 25, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. - President Obama says the GOP victory in last week's Senate election in Massachusetts has thrown Washington into something of a frenzy, but he has pledged not to walk away from health care reform. Some are calling the election result a sign that health care reform is dead, or may need to start over. But John Crabtree, a director with the Center for Rural Affairs, says many rural Minnesotans can't wait for reform and are growing impatient.

"The process of getting to health care reform legislation is almost as frustrating now as the disfunctionality of the health care system itself, and what that says to me is that we've good pieces of legislation on the table, we should move them forward."

Crabtree says farmers, ranchers and small business owners often can't afford health insurance and don't have easy access to physicians and hospitals. He says reform is the only solution.

"They pay literally, for many farmers, a thousand dollars a month for a high-deductible low-benefit package of coverage. This simply cannot continue. We have to address this kind of thing, and reform does that."

He says the current legislation is a start in the reform process, which leaves room and time to continue to work on a solution.

President Obama said on Friday his health care overhaul has "run into a bit of a buzz saw" and acknowledged that the process is looking ugly after the Senate election in Massachusetts.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MN