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Summit Daily letters to the editor: Fighting against high healthcare premiums

Summit fights against the status quo

Summit County has one of the highest health-insurance premiums in the nation. We hear it in the news daily and feel it in our wallets every time we go to the doctor or buy medication at the pharmacy.

This is why I was so pleased to see our local elected officials, Rep. Millie Hamner and County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, support legislation recently that will better explain why our premiums are higher than anywhere else in the state. I hope they take a deeper look at prescription drug costs as a driving factor behind skyrocketing premiums.

Our daughter has asthma and her medicine each month is very expensive, and the reasoning behind this just doesn’t make sense. We know the overall cost of living in the mountains is more expensive, but there is no reason that our healthcare should be THAT much more expensive. We are not alone when we worry if the high cost of prescription drugs will keep going up.

I feel proud when I see our elected officials doing the work we elected them to do and represent our needs and concerns. With the passage of HB 16-1336 and, hopefully, its senate counterpart, we will be able to scrutinize certain aspects of the health-care industry and overall costs, like prescription drug costs, provider rates and the regional pricing on surgical procedures. I think we’d all like to know why costs in the mountains and along the Western Slope are SO much higher than in Denver and throughout other more densely-populated areas around the state. This legislation is a good beginning.

Thank you, Rep. Hamner and Commissioner Gibbs. Please keep fighting for Summit County residents. Gibbs was right when he said, “the status quo is not working for us.” It is not.

Allen Sheldon


Silverthorne voters deserve a round of applause

Last week, the town of Silverthorne elected and/or re-elected four very dedicated and experienced Town Council members. These people spend hours of their precious time and do a lot of difficult things for the town with very little in the way of financial reward.

A Town Council election is “a-political” meaning there is no party affiliation. While we feel confident that Russ Camp, Bob Kieber, JoAnne Nadalin and Tanya Shattuck have and will continue to perform very well as town council members, it is the active voters of Silverthorne who need to be commended. Over 45 percent of the active voters in Silverthorne voted in this election. This represented a nearly 10 percent increase from the last town council election. Many of us complain when things go wrong, but do not or forget to vote.

So, please join us in a round of applause and thanks to our Silverthorne voters for taking their civic duty seriously. We need more people like them.

Ken Gansmann, Brian Edney, Vince Lanuza, Ann-Marie Sandquist & John Taylor


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