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Conservative Democrats, conservative Republicans, conservative independents, man your battle stations. By this I mean if you are a registered voter, VOTE. If you are not registered, get registered and vote.

Not knowing anything about the new health care plan, I asked one who I thought would know. I went in to my doctor for my checkup a day ago and asked him what he knew about it.

He was not positive. He says this plan is going to take funds away from Medicare to cover its cost. He also said the cost of running his practice is constantly going up: Office rent, salaries, utilities, the expensive equipment he must have to treat patients. And the fees doctors receive are going down.

The result is that will be doctors retiring early or refusing to treat Medicare patients because they must agree to a much lesser charge if they do. And the doctors who continue to see Medicare patients will be fewer, thus causing waiting rooms to be packed and waiting times to increase.

And now we have new restrictions put on financial planners (whatever that means). Not to mention this country is trillions in debt. And that is increasing every day.

We must get a balance of power in Washington. God help us all if we don't.

Neil Boykin

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