Printed Letters: July 14, 2017
Repair and retain Affordable Care 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.
Daily Sentinel continues to be biased to the left
With the continuing biased AP stories, left wing columns by Washington Post and New York Times writers and the left-wing letters to the editors, I am beginning to think the only thing that The Daily Sentinel is good for is the plastic bag that it arrives in that I use to pick up my dog’s poop.
Market based solutions to health care are 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.
Endangered Fish Recovery Program responds to 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
Endangered Fish Recovery Program