Local GOP to talk health care issues

Keynote speaker plans to compare US and European approaches


If you go

What: Routt County Republican Central Committee meeting

When: Noon Wednesday

Where: Commissioners' hearing room at the Routt County Courthouse

— Comparing health care systems in Europe with those in the United States and how the American system could change under President Barack Obama is the topic of Wednesday's Routt County Republican Central Committee meeting.

Henry Fabian, an orthopedic surgeon at Yampa Valley Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at the group's regular meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month. Members of the public are invited to attend at noon in the third floor commissioners' hearing room of the Routt County Courthouse.

Jack Taylor, chairman of the Republican Central Committee and retired state senator, said the local party dedicates 30 to 60 minutes of each meeting to a discussion about current issues. He said health care is a timely one.

"It's near the top of the agenda of things coming down the pike at the federal level, and a pretty highly contested one," Taylor said.

Fabian said he has a unique perspective on the subject, having practiced in Europe and the U.S. He said the goal of his address is to relay some of the facts and "false truths" about single-payer systems, which are used in many European countries and are similar to the health care plan proposed by Obama.

Fabian said there's a perception that many European health systems are more cost-effective, but he says that's "simply not true." They're perceived that way because health care in those countries is rationed, he said.

Fabian also said there's a false perception that single-payer systems have lower overhead costs. Fabian said overhead costs of a U.S. version of that type of system, Medicare, have increased 34 percent since 1965 and administration costs have increased 2,000 percent since the mid-1980s.

He said that illustrates that a government-run, single-payer system in the U.S. is less efficient than private insurance.

"It's counter-intuitive to me that the federal government would be more innovative and cost-effective (than private) when they've never been able to do that," Fabian said.

He said health care is a critically important issue because it affects everyone.

Fabian said offering tax credits to hospitals and private-practice physicians who treat individuals without insurance could help bridge the access gap. He also said removing restrictions so that private insurance providers can sell insurance across state lines would help.


beentheredonethat 7 years, 10 months ago

no doubt this will be a "fair and balanced" discussion.


trump_suit 7 years, 10 months ago

I will give you my ideas John.

  1. No more groups. If you have a social security number you in in the one group that exists. Insurance companies can no longer quote different prices for small business vs. large business, sole proprietor vs individual.

  2. No more pre-existing conditions. You previous health history is off limits when discussing a new insurance policy.

  3. No more out of network. All Dr.'s and Hospitals are included.


Fred Duckels 7 years, 10 months ago

O says none of this is true, maybe we should take his word for it and forget the inquiries. He talks like a smart feller.


John Shaw 7 years, 10 months ago

Good Morning beenthere... why don't you attend the meeting and see. Maybe you have some good ideas that you can share.


seeuski 7 years, 10 months ago

Trump, Would it not be more interesting to go in person and pose those ideas to the Doc????


Scott Wedel 7 years, 10 months ago

I can't make the meeting.

My questions would be why does Europe have lower infant mortality rates and equal longevity as the US? And considering they spend a third less than the US on healthcare, doesn't that imply their system provides outcomes as good as ours for much less?

And doesn't the US already have rationing where the insured have to deal with their insurance company and the uninsured are limited to emergency room visits?


ybul 7 years, 10 months ago

Scott, as far as comparing the European system to the US system. You are not comparing apples to apples. There is much less stress in Europe, as people get much longer holidays from work, reducing stress. They eat better than the US, not as many happy meals, reducing the need for triple bypass surgeries.

I would guess that infant mortality is much better, as in a socialized system, they would provide treatment to youth much more quickly as the dollar spent will have a larger chance of being repaid in taxes. Where as the longevity being the same probably are the result of a much more laid back society coupled with a society that places a much higher value on good food.


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