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July 17, 2010 — Revere, MA is a busy beach town with a diverse cultural background, and actually the first public beach in the United States. The first person we met was a union plumber from Massachusetts. I explained our efforts and asked if he felt it was fair union workers were exempt from taxes and provisions of the new healthcare legislation. He didn’t like what I had to say, and asked me if I supported the current administration. I explained “Based strictly on policymaking decisions I do not, because the administration is financially burdening my generation and taking away the freedom of choice. “ He felt that since he was a taxpayer, that the government was responsible for nearly every aspect of his life from housing to healthcare, and felt the bill did not go far enough. Despite my first encounter with the plumber, we were greeted with support and many were appreciative of our efforts. After a few hours in the sun, we decided to check out the sand-sculptures and vendors since we needed a little shade. One booth of particular interest was a Boston medical group that provides medical care to anyone in need care, regardless of insurance. For this reason, the facility ends up eating the costs of treatment. We assumed they would be all for the health care reform bill, but to our surprise they thought it was an atrocity because tort reform wasn’t covered and insurance couldn’t be purchased across state lines. Their response only reaffirmed the efforts of the Revere Rides Again tour. We’re all having such a great time on our adventure and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!` ` - Matt
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