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LETTER: Good sources for facts about health care

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To the Editor:

So much confusion, anger and fear surrounds the new health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

We obtain bits and pieces of information from friends, politicians, talk shows and blogs. It's hard to know what is true and what are distortions.

Sometimes, the fear and confusion we feel toward the unknown turns into anger. But if we educate ourselves and try to understand the legislation, some of the fear, anger and confusion may disappear. We can then make better, informed decisions. When we have the facts, we can then decide what we agree with and what we would like to change.

Several excellent Web sites exist for obtaining the facts on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may affect you.

AARP: The AARP is providing details on how the legislation is affecting their members. Even if you are not older than 50, their explanations are helpful. Go to their Web site: http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/policy/articles/health_care_explaine....

Fact Check Web site, a nonprofit, nonpartisan fact checking organization: Factcheck.org. Once you are in the Web site you can do a search by key word "Health."

Kaiser Health News: Part of the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation. The Kaiser Foundation is a highly respected nonpartisan source of facts and analysis of health care: www.kaiser healthnews.org.

So maybe as you find out how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect you and other Americans, your fear, anger and confusion will lessen. As Americans, we may then react with less fear and anger, and instead have a conversation based on facts, not distortions.

Sharon Ryan-Olin

Somerset

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