Summit Daily letters: Summit County pediatrician supports ColoradoCare
September 16, 2016
Summit County pediatrician supports ColoradoCare
A weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I now qualify for Medicare! I no longer have to worry about medical bankruptcy or draining my retirement and savings for huge medical expenses. I wish everyone could feel as good as I feel knowing that my health care is affordable. Too bad I had to wait until I turned 65!
I want everyone to feel like I do. This is why I am supporting Amendment 69, ColoradoCare. As a pediatrician, 55 percent of my patients are on Medicaid. I wish everyone was! Although I don't get paid much, I'm happy that these families can see a doctor and get the medication they need. ColoradoCare will reimburse providers at competitive levels to maintain access to all the physicians and hospitals we have now.
Some people say the government can't do anything right, that we need competition to have a healthy marketplace. Well, I don't hear anyone complaining about Medicare, and the administrative costs are 6 percent, instead of 18-30 percent with private insurers. That's why they can pay their CEO's $60 million a year.
Some people say they don't want single payer because our Canadians friends have to wait in long lines. Well, much of that is insurance industry propaganda. Take into consideration how much less is spent on health care in Canada, and how much healthier they are, I think we can do better with all that we spend. Consider that here in Colorado we have many more specialists that in Canada, so services will continue to be as available as of now. Although now health care is only available if you can afford insurance or pay cash. That excludes about 20 percent of us here in our area. Are 20 percent of Canadians waiting in line for medical care?
Check out the website and join the campaign. Everyone deserves access to medical care.
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