Email Letters: July 13, 2017
Market based solutions to health care are just not feasible
Isn’t it strange that in America those of us with health insurance do not have the foggiest idea how much our health care will cost? If you ask as you leave the office, you are told, “We’ll have to submit the bill to the insurance company.” Wow, can you imagine shopping for any other goods or services this way? Bob Semro, a Colorado health policy analyst, brought this concept to my attention at a recent health care lecture.
Imagine that you need a new refrigerator. You walk into a store and find many refrigerators to choose from but no price tags. Not only that, no one who works in the store can or will tell you the prices. You have to choose one and hope for the best. About a month after taking the appliance home you receive a bill listing the price of the refrigerator and, much to your surprise, the bill also includes items such as the cardboard delivery box and the Styrofoam packaging.
Buying health care certainly doesn’t compare to buying an appliance. You cannot go into Best Buy without cash or credit and say, “I need a refrigerator” and get a refrigerator. You can walk into an ER and say “I need medical help” and you will (and must) get it. Only later do you have to wrestle with the bill.
Market based solutions to health care are just not feasible. Under our current health insurance practices people don’t know costs, so they can’t decide whether to select or forego medical treatment or look for cheaper alternatives. Unlike consumer goods, if people do without medical care they may die.
It is time the United States offers health care for all, as do Canada, England, Australia and many other countries. Our elected representatives need to hear from their constituents about healthcare reform. Please call your senators and representatives.
Fix the ACA’s minor problems, and retain the rest of the act
I am writing this letter because I believe the Affordable Care Act works very well but does need a little bit of repair. The best way to do this is to fix its minor problems and keep all the rest of the act.
My personal experience with the ACA has been really good. We have better insurance coverage and it costs us less money. My wife and I are both retired schoolteachers and we both have health issues that cost money. With the ACA we are able to pay our bills and get the care we need, without putting a great burden on our pocket book and the rest of our family.
I really hope Sen. Gardner will come around and help us get an improved ACA and not Trumpcare. Thank You.
Endangered Fish Recovery Program responds to recent letter
In response to Mr. Stude on July 7: We were pleased to see your letter to The Daily Sentinel and agree with you that folks should be able to view the endangered Colorado River fish.
We want to let you know that three of the four species can be seen in Grand Junction at the Children’s Nature Center at the Mesa Mall on the Sears wing. The John McConnell Math and Science Center’s new space at Colorado Mesa University Engineering building, when completed, will have an aquarium with the endangered fish and offer hands-on STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) education to the community. Hatchery tours in Grand Junction are available with an appointment.
We appreciate the suggestion of an aquarium at the Colorado Visitor Center in Fruita and will investigate that possibility. You are correct that Recovery Program costs run in the millions of dollars per year. Those costs are outlined on page 22 of the 2016-2017 Briefing Book, located at http://www.coloradoriverrecovery.org/general-information/generalpublications/briefingbook/2017-BriefingBook.pdf
You’ll see that a large portion of Recovery Program costs are paid for by power revenues – monies generated by Colorado River Storage Project hydropower. The Recovery Program works closely with water managers to find flexibility in their storage / irrigation projects to improve fish habitat, while always meeting the human water demand. We agree that controlling nonnative species in a big river is a daunting task, but together with our State wildlife agency partners, we believe we can be successful. It does take a long time to recover these large, long-lived fishes, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing the status of three of the four species and has indicated downlisting could be proposed for humpback chub in the near future.
THOMAS E. CHART
Program Director, Upper Colorado River
Endangered Fish Recovery Program
Fraud most certainly exists within nation’s election system
The Sentinel’s Tuesday, July 11 editorial titled “Don’t Be A Dupe,” attacking the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity accusing them of trying to “sell the lie” that the nations election system is fraught with fraud is taking liberal absurdity to a new level.
This nation’s election system may not be “fraught with fraud’” but it most certainly exists and without doubt in large enough numbers to warrant an investigation.
The most cherished right of U.S. citizenship is the right to vote. When a legal vote is nullified or cancelled out by a fraudulent vote our electoral process begins to unravel. The Commission on Election Integrity will, if nothing else, serve notice to those even thinking of voter fraud to perhaps reconsider. This is already having some impact in Denver and Boulder, heavily Democratic and both sanctuary cities, where as of Monday 472 and 329, respectively, cancelled their voter registration.
Granted, there are legitimate reasons to cancel one’s voter registration, but with the unprecedented uptick in cancellations in recent days, rest assured, a good number of people doing so don’t want their voter registrations scrutinized too closely.
Multiply this effect in cities and towns across America and the Commission on Election Integrity is already seeing positive results.