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Opposing sides of health care reform

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A table set for four in the kitchen of one local cancer survivor’s home was the site for a discussion over coffee, all in an effort to show support for national health care reform plan. They argue that the reforms must not discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions or put caps on annual or lifetime coverage.

“I’m a very strong woman, and I’m resilient and have so much faith,” said Allie Nardella, a reform supporter.

Allie Nardella sat with other Wilmington residents, as she told her story of how her fight with breast cancer almost left her and her family without a home.

Not only did her disease keep her from working, but it racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills. “We couldn’t keep up with the medical bills, and two teenage children, who we were trying to raise, while keeping our marriage together, and our family together,” she said.

Greg McCaw is also a reform supporter. “My fear is that I haven’t seen a doctor, dentist, or anything for the past five years of my life, for fear that they’ll find something.”

Susan Price’s 61-year-old husband lost his job a few years ago. Shortly after, she suffered a heart attack, and continued to struggle with diabetes. He was forced to get a job at Wal-Mart just to provide adequate health care for his family.

“He has his master’s in chemistry, and he’s working at Wal-Mart, and thank goodness for Wal-Mart cause that was a place that we could get insurance,” Susan explained.

The conversation these residents had over health care on Tuesday, looked quite different from the protest put on by the Americans for Prosperity in Wilmington just last week.

Those who oppose reform say they don’t want their health care to be run by the government.

Their slogan, “hands off my health care.”

“I do not want the vote for socialized medicine. No way is this anything other than socialized medicine, which means to me, I’m giving up something,” said Vicki Williams.

This week, AARP is launching a multi-million dollar ad campaign on the healthcare reform. The ads will run in North Carolina and nine other states.

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A table set for four in the kitchen of one local cancer survivor’s home was the site for a discussion over coffee, all in an effort to show support for national health care reform plan. They argue that the reforms must not discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions or put caps on annual or lifetime coverage.

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