Email letters, Jan. 12, 2012

Information missing on Medicare

A lot of information is missing. It’s hard to find enough savings to offset the cost of the bonuses since we have a slew of doctors in this state, a couple hundred in this area alone. Not to mention the additional nurses, social workers and new software for how many to tract all of this.

As for inpatient stays: Medicare pays by diagnosis-based group or DRG based on the primary diagnosis. Hospital bills medicare $50,000 and Medicare’s DRG for the diagnosis is for $20,000. The hospital eats the $30,000 less the inpatient deductible.

Outpatient services, such as physical therapy, is also limited on number and payment.  Chemotherapy is a problem as well because Medicare does not allow payment on some of the expensive drugs leaving the patient to pay thousands of dollars or make do with a less effective drug.

Due to a few examples given, doctors are already under the gun to save as much as possible, not only for Medicare, but the patient and hospital as well. What is the additional cost of all of this? Has this really been researched or is this just another political “Elect me. Look what I’m saving” ploy? How about some investigating reporting instead of a seven-line blub like on Jan. 10.

DARLYA MCFARLAND
Grand Junction

We can’t trust peace talks with the Taliban

Peace talks with the Taliban? We’re actually giving them legitimacy? While the United States is sitting around the campfire singing “Kumbaya” our throats will be getting cut.

GLENN MENARD
Grand Junction

The left are the ones relying on bad science

An answer to Denny Herzog’s “ Science is anathema to the right” column in the Jan. 8 edition of The Daily Sentinel:

It’s the left who fears real science and touts bad science. Climategate is a real scandal based on the exposure of what was essentially a U.N. conspiracy to destroy the economies of the Western countries. There is no conclusive evidence that proves anthropogenic climate change is real. The assertions that extreme weather events are proof of climate change is absurd.

Drought and extremes in seasonal temperature have always been with us. There’s been no significant change in frequency or intensity of hurricanes or tornadoes. There’s been no change in soil moisture. Ice sheets have been melting and minute changes in sea levels have been occurring since the last ice age. The rate of the rise in sea level has slowed in the last 100 years. And the earth has been in a cooling trend since 1998.

The article referred to skeptics of global warming as “dim bulbs.” It’s the left that hates innovation. Any technological advancement that increases freedom and human potential, like Bio-engineered agricultural commodities, designed to increase crop yield, enhance drought and disease resistance are roundly condemned by liberals.

Gas and oil exploration technologies which minimize surface impact, extract resources from the earth where it was previously impossible and create jobs, are vilified by the Left as “killing the earth.” The Left has an odd affection for the decaying technologies of old-world Europe. Think Holland and windmills.

Mr. Herzog may want to step back and take an objective look at the real science of the time, and not the “spin” science of political causes.

MARJORIE HAUN
Grand Junction

Powderhorn tubing hill is too expensive

It’s too bad the newly improved Powderhorn Mountain Resort was not greeted this year by an early, large snowstorm to celebrate the mountain’s new improvements. Some things you just can’t control. 

My family and I were pleased to learn of the recent opening of the tubing hill and were completely disappointed to learn of the cost of enjoying it. Fifteen dollars an hour. Are you kidding me? Fifteen dollars a day, or even a half day, makes much more sense. It is my understanding that ticket holders get a $3 discount. Really? A $3 tube rental is appropriate.

I’m no marketing expert, but it seems to me that the resort has more to gain by making the cost more affordable and getting families and teens up there on the mountain where they can enjoy themselves, maybe hit the lodge for some cocoa, visit with friends who do have ski passes and even find a love for skiing and purchase ski passes in the years to come.

I’ll be interested to see how this comes out.

LINDA MARTINEZ
Grand Junction



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