Locals aid Obama's health care campaign

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PORTSMOUTH Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Democratic candidate for president, has announced the membership of the New Hampshire Health Care Community for Obama, and in it are several Seacoast health care professionals.

They include Rick Miller, a neurosurgeon from Portsmouth; Jeffrey Wagner, a psychologist, Brentwood; Ira Schwartz, a physician at Portsmouth Regional Hospital; Gale Brown, a Portsmouth physician; James D. Spivey, a periodontist from Exeter; Juanita Fonseca, an Exeter orthodontist; Donna Swanson, emergency department registered nurse at Frisbie Memorial Hospital; Amy Costello, research associate for the N.H. Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire; John Jacobs, a Portsmouth public health educator; and Jennifer Kinsey, a public health educator in Stratham.

The 52-member group covers a broad spectrum of health care professionals, with 22 doctors, seven mental health professionals, six nurses, nine public policy experts, five administrators and three state representatives. The group will coordinate outreach and advise the campaign on health care issues.

"Sen. Obama has introduced a common sense plan to cover every American and save the typical family $2,500 per year but even more important, he has the ability to bring people together to take this issue head-on," said state Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, chairwoman of the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. "Barack Obama inspires us to believe that change is possible."

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Health Care Community for Obama will launch a series of policy nights to discuss Obama's plan. They will be in Keene, Dover, Derry, Nashua, Manchester, Laconia, and Concord.