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Marcene Rachael of Paynesville, Minn., sits with her sign Friday (Aug. 14, 2009) during a 7th District town hall meeting on health care reform in Willmar, Minn. More than 300 people attended the town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Collin Peterson. Rand Middleton/West Central Tribune

Crowd packs town hall meeting to discuss health care reform

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WILLMAR -- Mary Buckentine drove almost two hours Friday from her home in Plato to ask Rep. Collin Peterson a question: If one of the goals of health care reform is to lower the cost of health care, how can this be done without rationing or limiting care?

"How can government promise to do more with less?" Buckentine wanted to know.

Marcia Neely, a former nurse from rural Benson, sees a system that needs fixing and worries that time is running out.

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Anne Polta

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

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