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Professor Bart Finzel of the University of Minnesota Morris, right, is pictured Tuesday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Finzel spoke during a public forum on rural health care coverage. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Health care reform bill debated by audience at local forum


WILLMAR -- Most of the people who attended a forum Tuesday in Willmar on rural health care coverage said they know someone who's struggling to pay medical bills.

But there was strong pessimism whether the federal health care reform bill, which became law last week, will truly cure the ills it aims to fix.

"I am scared to death of what's going to happen to small businesses across the country," said Ken Warner, president of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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