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Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 2- MONDAY. MARCH 5. 2012 3S A Dining With Progressives Town Hall Meeting on Afford- able Health Care held Feb.12 at Nage restaurant in Rehoboth at- tracted 75 people. The meeting was moderated by Delaware Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark South; and Rep. Earl ]aques, D- Glasgow; Dr. ]oAnn Fields, pri- mary care physician in Kent County; and Mitch Crane, for- mer regulatory specialist in the Delaware Department of Insur- ance. Kowalko and Jaques discussed the single-payer bill they are Staton files,for Senate 6th District ;eat preparing and plan to introduce this legislative session. Both strongly support the Affordable Care Act, but say Delaware can make it stronger by including a single-payer option. Crane explained and com- mented on the recently approved affiliation between Pittsburgh's Highmark Inc. and the much smaller Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. Fields, who gave an overview of the Affordable Care Act and how the exchange will work in Delaware, believes the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was a political miracle. "If I am handed a miracle I will be deter- mined to protect it and promote it. Miracles don't happen every day. The past 100 years are full of times when America tried to do health reform but countervailing forces fought against each other until the whole thing fell apart." Fields also told the group that ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010, it has been under assault. Fields explained that the Af- fordable Care Act is being planned and implemented by the Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Health Care Commission. As a frequent attendee of monthly meetings of the Health Care Commission, Fields said, "The implementation of the ACA to its full extent is in jeopardy Unless we have a strong advocate that insists on an active, consumer oriented Health Benefits Ex- change with strong consumer advocacy." She is especially concerned about the composition of the Health Benefits Exchange gov- erning board. She encouraged the enthusiastic group to contact elected officials and urge them to make complete the implementa- tion of the Affordable Care Act with strong consumer advocacy a priority this year. Democrat Andrew ' dy" Sta- ton, 39, a Rehoboth Beach resi- dent, local business owner and community leader, has filed with the Sussex County Board of Elec- tions to run for the newly formed state Senate District 6. "I filed to rtm for the state Sen- ate because I have a plan to cre- ate jobs, address the tong-term needs of our residents, and stim- ulate the economic engine in the 6th District," Staton said. someone who has created jobs in this community and taken leadership positions in our local organizations, I have seen the needs and opportunities we have here in the 6th District. The 6th District has the state's greatest opportunity to create long-term, sustainable jobs, develop trans- portation services through pub- lic-private partnerships, and work with the county and towns to develop a plan to preserve our community without burdening our resources or our residents. It will be an honor to represent the 6th DistriCt, working together to implement new ideas," Staton added. In the coming weeks, Sta- ton will unroll his plans for sus- tainable job growth in Delaware. Staton is gaining the attention of voters in the 6th District, hav- ing already raised more than $20,000 in donations from Small- dollar, local grassroots support- ers. Staton currently works as a full-time real estate professional and leads the Andy Staton Group, which performed in the top 1 percent of all Sussex Coun- ty agents in 2011: He was named the 2010-11 Realtor of the Year and was appointed by Gov. lack Markell to the Delaware Real Es- tate Commission where he serves as chairman for the 2011-12 term. Anactive member of the com- munity, Staton sits on the board of the Sussex Family YMCA, the CAMP Rehoboth Leadership Council, and the Beebe Medical Center Advisory Board. He has also been appointed by Markell to the Delaware Economic Fi- nancial Advisory Council, re- sponsible for forecasting rev- enue and expenditures for the state. Staton holds a bachelor's de- SUBMITTED PHOTO A~DY ~YA~"ON of Rehoboth Beach has officially filed to run for the state Senate 6th District seat. gree in political science and a master's degree in management. Previously, he worked as an asso- ciate with Booz Allen Hamilton and served as a legislative assis- tant to Delegate Bill Mires, who went on tO become attorney gen- eral of Virginia and now sits on the Virginia Supreme Court. Staton can be found on most mornings training for his next marathon, the Rehoboth Beach Marathon in December 2012. Bath, Kitchen Center