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Small-business owner supports improved Medicare for All

By PAMELLA S. GRONEMEYER    I am a physician and an employer, as well as a purchaser and a recipient of my own health care.  I strongly support improved Medicare for All, a/k/a/ a single payer health care, because it is the most economically affordable, equitable and patriotic health care for this country. Most other industrialized…

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Three ways that elected leaders can change health care

By LAUREN CONABOY    We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960s as a result of overdoses and suicides.     This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities, and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70 percent of employers reported their…

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Parting senator learned lessons from time in legislature

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, did not run for re-election to the Illinois Senate. This is an excerpt from his parting letter to constituents in Metro East.        As you know, this past spring’s legislative session was my last as state senator. I am moving on to take up a new challenge, representing our…

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