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Rural Minatare woman's battle with health insurance highlighted on Congressional floor

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Representative Adrian Smith takes to the congressional floor, to highlight the impact of the current health care situation, and highlights one woman living in the 3rd Congressional District.

Pam Weldin is one of those Americans. She is a small business owner from Minatare, who was covered by old provider for a pre-existing condition.
"But, she just received this letter which explains her current plan will no longer be offered," announced Smith.
Weldin tells KOTA Territory News that after getting nowhere trying to enroll through and calling the 800 number, she hoped that Congressman Smith could serve as her voice on a national platform.
"So when I heard Congressman Smith was going to hold a town hall meeting about Obamacare and the issues.," explains Weldin, "I thought it was a really good opportunity to share with him what had just happened."
And come January 1st, Weldin will lose the coverage she likes.
"Like Pam, millions of Americans are losing the health care plan they thought they could keep," adds Smith.
"Trying to stay calm through this whole journey has been in-of-itself a challenge," says Weldin. "And that the President says 'Well gee, it's on me.' But the repercussions and the're not the one suffering, the consequences of the decision you made with intent."
"This is not what the American people want," concluded Smith, "And both sides need to work together and make this right."

That's a sentiment that Weldin wishes could somehow become a reality.
"The whole process, is just a nightmare."

 Smith, along with Nebraska's two U.S. Senators, are amongst the growing number of members on Capitol Hill pushing for a piece of legislation called the "Keep Your Health Care Plan Act."

Weldin is skeptical that will work for her, mainly because her provider has since moved out of Nebraska.

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