A Voice of Colorado No. 448 Version 5.0:

Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, candidate for the Governorship of the State of Colorado, and surrogate for Democrat John Hickenlooper, favors universal health care.

Given the failure that is the (Un)Affordable Healthcare Act the State of Colorado cannot afford her proposal. The best way to prevent this financial disaster from taking form is to ensure she is not elected Governor of the State of Colorado.

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A Voice of Colorado No. 424 Version 5.0:

Unless you are a politician, and your health care is paid for by the taxpayer of the United State of America, the concern of health care costs is the issue of the day.

If you have an individual health care plan you are likely faced with an increase in premiums ranging from a modest twenty-four percent to more than fifty percent from 2017 to 2018.

There is no justification or rationale for this dramatic increase in health insurance policy premiums. There is no reason for why health care costs in the United States of America have skyrocketed. There is no excuse for why the members of the United States Congress have failed to address this issue, which will affect everything in the economy in 2018.

The President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, has warned the members of the United States Congress that if they fail to address this economic and financial matter soon he will do so through an executive order. Their failure to take the matter seriously must result in their removal from office.

Immediately.

A Voice of Colorado No. 382 Version 5.0:

A proposal by Democrat Michael Bennett to expand Medicare with a program he calls “Medicare-X” is one example of his incompetence and lack of fitness for elected office. The only way health insurance can work is if the government is removed from involvement at all levels.

If Mr. Bennett understood basic economics he would know this and know his proposal is unrealistic.

A Voice of Colorado No. 360 Version 5.0:

In Grand Junction, CO. there is a proposal that may solve the health care insurance problem: The direct primary care practices.

Appleton Clinics, for example, offers primary care for a monthly fee which allows patients unlimited visits and does not require insurance.

The idea for a such facility is not new, having originated in the 1990s. Nor is it limited to Grand Junction. There are more than six hundred primary care practices in the United States of America, serving more than 250,000 people. In Grand Junction, CO., in addition to the Appleton Clinics, there is also the Trailhead Clinics.

Dr. Craig Gustafson established Appleton Clinics about three years ago after deciding that he was spending too much time filling out paperwork for insurance companies and not enough time on actual medicine. The business model seems to be working. He has hired more primary care doctors – there are currently five – as more patients have enrolled, and he sees upwards of fourteen patients in a given day.

Depending on the patient the monthly fee ranges from $69 to $89 a month, and has attracted a large variety of patients: Individuals who work for small employers, self-employed patients, and lower-income citizens.

Despite the modest monthly fee patients to the clinics many clients have what are known as “health shares”, provided by the Christian Health Ministries, which covers the cost of a hospital visit or other needs that may be considered outside the definition of primary care.

More than one patient at the clinic has expressed their pleasure with the clinic. A test that would have cost more than $1,700 through health insurance is available through Appleton Clinics for just $250.

With more than 700 facilities in 48 states the model continues to find success as the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act is becoming more problematic.

Despite its appeal and success some question its ability to grow and endure because there are not enough doctors at participating clinics and facilities to serve everyone in a given community.

Given the failure that the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act has become it seems this might be the next best thing for affordable health care.

A Voice of Colorado No. 344 Version 5.0:

A new statewide system that manages Medicaid reimbursement, an example of the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act, is affecting Western Slope health care providers in a way no one should have to tolerate: Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in claims have been denied since a defective system was established in March 2017.

At Grand Junction’s Community Hospital, for example, more than five million dollars in Medicaid claims have gone unpaid because of the failed system. The hospital is large enough to offset the shortfall incurred, but problems are resulting as the debt remains: Payroll cannot be met, reducing the number of staff available for patients. Those who are working are experience a dramatic increase in their workloads. The same is true for smaller facilities in the area who are also spending a growing number of hours on the telephone trying to get claims accepted instead of denied.

According to system administrators causes for the ensuing problems include providers having to re-enroll in the Medicaid system and a change in codes that contributed to rejections of claims submitted. In Montrose, CO. more than half of the patients at the Pediatric Associates LLC are on Medicaid and the practice has more than one hundred thousand dollars in denied claims. An expense that does not nothing to make their services viable.

According to several politicians the system will eventually work. For now, the (Un)Affordable Health Care remains what it is: A mess; a shining example of why government should not be involved in health care.

A Voice of Colorado No. 308 Version 5.0:

A United States Senate budget resolution that Republicans have been using to authorize the repeal the (Un)Affordable Health Care Act, which is also known as “Obamacare” expires at the end of September 2017. No indication exists that Obamacare will be repealed and no indication exists that they will replace it with affordable health care that successfully works.

The same must be said of the Democrats, whose lack of concern for the health and well-being of legal American citizens is infamous.

A Voice of Colorado No. 306 Version 5.0:

As he attempts to justify his existence and seek lucrative employment Democrat John Hickenlooper recently remarked that people are angry regarding the state of healthcare in the State of Colorado. Given that he is responsible for the state of healthcare “angry” does not begin to describe the opinion of Coloradans who work for a living and pay taxes so that he may lie, cheat, steal, and betray those he was elected to serve.

John Hickenlooper is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the State of Colorado and the governorship. His finances should be seized and used to bring down the cost of healthcare in the State of Colorado.