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Politics In Real Life: Rising Health Care Costs Weigh On Voters

Posted by Steve Schram on May 03, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Originally published on May 3, 2016 on NPR by Alison Kodjak.

When the health insurance premiums got to the point that they were higher than her mortgage, Renee Powell started to become cynical.

"There was something in me that just kind of switched," said the mother of two from Bartlesville, Okla. "I was OK with paying $750, but when it became about $100 more than my housing costs, it upset me."

Powell is an epidemiologist and used to work for the state in Oklahoma City. She had affordable insurance through that job.

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