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Gregg Waylander letter: We need Falk's leadership

I am a family nurse practitioner who has been practicing for 18 years in a community-owned hospital and clinic. With increasing frequency, to what has become almost a daily occurrence over the past six months, I encounter patients who are being f...

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I am a family nurse practitioner who has been practicing for 18 years in a community-owned hospital and clinic.

With increasing frequency, to what has become almost a daily occurrence over the past six months, I encounter patients who are being forced to make critical health care decisions because of concerns of cost, limits to access to providers of their choice and the cost of insurance premiums which are skyrocketing.

A family member recently received a letter from MNSure stating that the premium for the same policy she has had for 2016 will increase from $221 per month to $585. And, these amounts are after receiving the discount through her federal tax credit. That is an increase of 265 percent, in one year.

I am concerned that not only will patients and people I personally know and care about be forced to have to make very difficult choices about their health, but that the whole state of Minnesota is losing its place a leader of quality, accessible and affordable health care.

I hope that my vote to re-elect Andrew Falk as my state representative will be a significant step in a long journey toward real change happening in the leadership of my home state. The failure of our state legislators' ability to work together for the people of Minnesota is shameful.

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Andrew Falk is a sincere, honest, competent and passionate middle-class Minnesotan with a vision for what we can do when we work together.

My patients, and my family, need the kind of leadership and commitment he offers. I urge the people of House District 17A to help me get Andrew Falk back to work to find some real solutions to the looming crisis for accessible and affordable health care in rural Minnesota.

Gregg Waylander

Montevideo

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