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Published April 05, 2010, 09:01 AM

Health care reform causes concern

GARDNER, N.D. — Some are wondering “whether” this health care law will be sunny skies and good growing conditions, or whether it will be a flood of storm clouds and rain that will damage our future “crop.”

By: Victoria Colwell ,

GARDNER, N.D. — Some are wondering “whether” this health care law will be sunny skies and good growing conditions, or whether it will be a flood of storm clouds and rain that will damage our future “crop.”

With our soil currently saturated in debt, this farm wife wonders why Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., and others voted for more “rain?” No problem, they said, we’ve got costs under control. Health care won’t flood you out. But two days after it passed, Prairie Public admitted that the “doc fix” must be added. Sure, they said, the “doc fix” is going to cost more. (Millions? Billions? Trillions?) We simply must do this fix, they said. Pass the sandbag, please, I’m seeing flood waters ahead.

That reminds me. Did anyone besides me look up from your sandbagging project quickly enough to notice that Pomeroy, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Sen. Kent Conrad D-N.D., exempted those in top government offices from having to live under this new health care law? Should I be looking for a “farm wife” exemption? No problem, they say. We’ll remove that exemption. I wonder “whether” that forecast is accurate.

The only ray of sunshine this grain cart driver sees will be next November, when we can politely — we farm wives always try to be polite — say goodbye to the congressmen who “mucked” up our “whether.”

Editor’s Note: Colwell and her husband farm near Gardner, N.D.

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