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Health Insurance Cutbacks Squeeze The Insured

•, by Rob Stein

Amber Cooper and her husband were doing OK. They both had jobs. A healthy 5-year-old son, a house in Riverbank, Calif., and health insurance from her job in the accounting department of a small manufacturing company.

But then one day everything changed.

"We were in a conference room getting the information and I had heard rumors but didn't know if it was true and started crying in front of everyone and actually had to excuse myself to gather myself together and go back in. It was devastating for me," said Cooper.

It was devastating because the rumors — her worst fears — had come true. Cooper had a liver transplant when she was 10. So she takes a drug twice a day so her body won't reject her liver. She was in that conference room for a meeting about her health insurance.

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