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Opinion

JOANNA WEISS

Health care costs can bite

Riddle me this, health care consumers, watching from the sidelines as our politicians ponder the untenable rise in medical costs. How are we, the people, supposed to do our part to keep those costs from spiraling out of control? How are we supposed to make the right choices? How much choice do we really have?

Consider the case of a family of four, which will (cough) remain nameless. On a recent night, while the children slept in a nearby room with an open door, the parents roused from their slumber to hear something rattling against their bedroom window. It was a bat. In a brief frenzy at 1 a.m., it was captured and released.

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