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"I hope they don't take anything away from us."
Those were the words of a Baptist minister from Georgia named Daniel, uttered in my living room about five years ago as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was wending its way through Congress. His daughter and mine had encountered one another while dining at a nearby restaurant, hit it off and we set up a play date.
We had an interesting conversation--intellectually, it was at a far higher level than most of the other parents I've spoken to during play dates. But it was also clear by dint of his background that Daniel considered pending healthcare reform with gimlet-eyed suspicion.
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