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Health care consolidation is everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Legacy Health has formed an affiliation with Silverton Health System, former Southwest Washington Medical Center became part of the PeaceHealth organization and Providence Health & Services and OHSU have expanded their market footprints via acquisition, merger and partnerships. OB is working on a story about health care consolidation; in the meantime, we asked readers to weigh in on the issue. Reader sentiment is leaning negative; post consolidation, costs will go up, and quality will go down.