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Consumer Reports Health's 'Cover America Tour' Chronicles Americans' Anxiety Over Health Care
Date:7/30/2008

. He finally found a job that offered health benefits, but he'll have to work until he is 69 in order to provide health coverage for his wife until she qualifies for Medicare. "Health insurance is controlling our lives," Dave said.

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Peter - Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Peter injured his hand while chopping wood and had to choose between getting the care he needed or going deep into debt. When he got to the hospital he found out that he would need to be airlifted to another facility in order to save his thumb. Because he was uninsured, he couldn't afford the expense and had his thumb amputated instead. "The sacrifice of my thumb was far less than the risk of losing my house," said Peter.

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Charles - Alma, Georgia. When Charles found out he had prostate cancer, he was told by his insurance company that it wouldn't cover the services provided by the doctor who diagnosed him. While the doctor's office on the first floor is part of his insurance company's network, the second floor where biopsies are done is not. It was only after his state legislator intervened on his behalf that Charles was able to get his insurer to cover his needed surgery at a local hospital. "It's not the cancer that is going to kill me, it's the insurance company," said Charles.

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Sister Mary Ellen - Detroit, Michigan. Sister Mary Ellen runs the Cabrini Clinic in Detroit, one of the oldest such cl
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