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Published August 28, 2012, 03:47 PM

Racer Promotes Patient Power at Healthcare Talk in Crookston

A nationally-known speaker says the results of the November election will determine where healthcare is headed in the country.

A nationally-known speaker says the results of the November election will determine where healthcare is headed in the country.

Dozens of Minnesota residents and several legislators listened to Dave Racer in Crookston today to learn more about the Affordable Care Act. Several residents brought up concerns about social security, Medicare and the cost of healthcare in the State.

Dale Knotek has several concerns when it comes to healthcare and with good reason.

Dale: “My wife had a hip replacement surgery in February and so we're still trying to figure out how are the costs of that going to get paid.”

That's one of the many reasons the concerned Minnesota resident attended the Health Care Reform meeting today.

Dale: “I'm concerned about the issues of social security and Medicare and the fact that healthcare is so expensive.”

Dave Racer is the director of Choice in Minnesota Healthcare, a political action committee which believes in protecting patient choice from government controlled healthcare.

Dave: “My belief is that we asked the wrong question when we reformed healthcare. We asked the question how to drive the uninsured rate to zero, what we really should have been doing is talking about how can we reduce the cost of unit healthcare services.”

Local officials and legislators spoke to people about their concerns.

Representative Debra Kiel, District 1B: “There are a lot of questions and there still are a lot of questions about how our healthcare works.”

Steve Nordhagen, Thief River Falls Mayor: “My mom is in an assisted living facility, we get information from Medicare and it's complicated. My concern is who are we going to go to explain our options? What we need to do?”

Racer also spoke in Thief River Falls today and is traveling around the rest of the State.

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