Summit Daily letters to the editor: Transforming Colorado’s healthcare system
Coloradans can affect healthcare change
Chris Neuswanger addresses in his letter the significant problem of disparity of health-insurance premiums across Colorado, with the cost in mountain areas being the highest. He cites the bill in front of the Colorado House, which would equalize the cost of insurance across the state.
This is a good thing I guess but does not address the much larger picture of how we finance our health care as a country with an incredibly complicated, wasteful and inequitable system driven by for-profit insurance companies and health care organizations. And, in spite of the fact that we spend up to double what other countries spend per capita, we still do not have anything near universal care. Too many are going without care they need, and others are getting too much medical intervention because a profit can be made.
Believe me, I work at a clinic where the majority of our patients are uninsured, and, every day, we struggle to find resources for our patients. The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has been a step in the right direction to improve access to care but falls far short.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Next fall, all voters in our state will have a chance to effect change. Amendment 69 is an initiative to bring universal care to Colorado without copays or denials for pre-existing conditions. It will be tax-supported, but, in my opinion, on average most people will be paying far less in taxes than on current health care premiums. The amendment is known as ColoradoCare, and in-depth information can be found at ColoradoCare.org.
I strongly encourage all voters to spend some time learning about this. It takes some time, but I think a lot of smart, dedicated people without special interests have put together a proposal, which has the potential for meaningful health care reform here.
Vote for Marmins
Silverthorne citizens are approaching another town council election. I urge all citizens to vote and return their ballot before the official election date of April 5.
I served on the Silverthorne Town Council from 2010-14. My goals in serving Silverthorne citizens were to ensure cost-efficient services and wise allocation of capital to long-range projects, and to keep the town debt-free. The current town council has deviated from those financial goals.
I urge you to vote for Tom Marmins for Silverthorne Town Council. He is financially experienced, prudent and puts public service before self, as evidenced by his service and contributions to CASA and the Summit Community Care Clinic and numerous other civic organizations.
Tom will not support ballooning annual budgets, misdirected capital expenses and unnecessary town debt.
Your right to vote allows every citizen an equal say in how the town of Silverthorne will be governed. If you want better representation on the Silverthorne Town Council, please use your ballot and join me in voting for Tom Marmins for Silverthorne Town Council.
Former Silverthorne Town Council Member, 2010-14
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