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Becky Cherney is not one to see a challenge and back away. What she does, in fact, is see a challenge and tackle it head-on - sometimes without a clue as to where to begin, she admits.
"The learning curve was straight up," she says as she reminisces about her beginning days with the Central Florida Health Care Coalition.
For years, Cherney had watched increasing health insurance costs go out of control and out of reach of many employees. One year alone, health insurance increased 30 percent a year at Tupperware, where she had worked as human resources director.
"I saw a real crisis coming up, with 53 percent of employees depending on employers for insurance," she says.
So she started the Central Florida Health Care Coalition in 1984. Fifteen years later, she estimates the coalition …