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

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.

But when her husband graduated from dental school, she stopped working, and the family moved to their current home, about 10 miles from the Kansas border.

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