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Failed repeal brings urgency
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Event organizer and nurse practitioner Sandra Rice.
The second and latest failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act infuses special urgency in a panel discussion and town hall on healthcare policy this Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Magness Library, event organizer and nurse practitioner Sandra Rice said.Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell this week publicly conceded defeat of the Republican-led drive to repeal the landmark expansion of federally subsidized health insurance from the Obama administration. A few days earlier Tennessee GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander said he was giving up in his efforts to find a bipartisan consensus on the best way forward in American healthcare.“If Washington can’t find a solution to the crisis in healthcare affordability and access, perhaps we at the grass roots level can offer up some good, common-sense ideas,” said Rice, who has organized similar town hall meetings in Nashville, Tullahoma and Winchester. She has been a health reform volunteer since 1997 when she visited in the United Kingdom and studied the British National Health Service.“I have cared for people of all ages, income levels and health conditions since I was 16 years old and have seen firsthand what a lack of preventive services and healthcare coverage have cost individuals and families in terms of finances, happiness, suffering, loss and death,” she remarked.