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Hundreds attend Milwaukee rally to urge Congress to pass health reform

Hundreds of people attended a Milwaukee rally yesterday to urge Congress to pass health care reform.

House Democrat Gwen Moore told the crowd that 14,000 Americans are losing their jobs every day.

And that's boosting the number of people losing access to health coverage or the ability to pay for it.

Others told how they were denied insurance after getting sick.

One woman said her sister died from lupus after she left a hospital against her doctor's wishes, because her insurer wouldn't pay for extra days.

The rally was sponsored by "Organizing for America," a spin-off group from President Obama's election campaign.

Moore said private insurers are against competing with the proposed government plan because their profits would drop.

But Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has said the government plan would put private insurers out of business.

Thirty-one business groups have opposed the payroll tax in the House version of the bill. In his Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column Sunday, West Bend businessman John Torinus said many businesses that insure their workers could cut their costs in half by not providing it, pay the 8 percent penalty in the House bill, and let workers use the government plan.

Torinus also said employees would find it cheaper to pay the 2.5 percent penalty for not having insurance, and get guaranteed coverage only when they need it.