Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 2 days, 14 hours ago on Police suspect man charged with dealing drugs died from overdose

It is obvious that Mr Kavovit was far more of a victim of the opiod epidemic than profiting from it.

Why not print the names of the doctors that originally prescribed addictive opiods to Mr Kavovit, the woman's boyfriend that accused Mr Kavovit, and every other opiod addict in the valley? They are the ones that ended up making money from those whose lives they have ruined.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 18 hours ago on Paul Wellman: Single-payer system is way to go

James,

I think many people in the US would accept the Swiss system and it is the sort of system that would tend to reduce costs. I think the description of no profits on basic care is debatable. It is my understanding that basic care has price controls so a super efficient lower cost practice could make money and a less efficient practice could lose money providing basic care.

The supplemental care, paid by patient or their supplemental insurance, is not regulated and thus expected to be profitable.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 18 hours ago on Police suspect man charged with dealing drugs died from overdose

Rhys,

Yes, it is well documented in studies and I have personally observed it as well that the hardest part of treatment is the need for different friends and a different lifestyle so that don't start using again.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 19 hours ago on Paul Wellman: Single-payer system is way to go

Well, VA provides health care at a substantially lower cost than Medicare. It is clear that allowing vets to visit local doctors costs much more than treating them in VA hospitals.

Also, Kaiser Permanent charges 10-15% less than other health insurance companies, but does not completely dominate the health insurance market.

The obvious conclusion is that buyers of health insurance are insulated from the actual costs and even those with little money are able to select more expensive plans.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 19 hours ago on Lauren Dobell: It's time for a lift tax

Do lift tickets and season passes already pay city sales tax?

If yes then I am not sure why they should be taxed more than any other business. If no, then I am not sure why they are not being liked like other businesses.

Businesses, in general, have the drawbacks of impacts due to traffic, etc and have the benefits of boosting the economy and paying taxes.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 20 hours ago on Police suspect man charged with dealing drugs died from overdose

RIP.

His messages show a high level of self awareness of the dangers of being an opiod addict and why an addict continues to take a dangerous drug. Maybe these and presumably other messages could be used for educational purposes to help others seek treatment and remain clean. I think it says something about the challenges of addiction that he could be aware and still unable to change.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 10 hours ago on City of Steamboat Springs names new public works director

We should quietly respect Jon, but publicly complain loudly about everything being wrong. Otherwise, he will soon enough be recruited by some other city and leave.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 10 hours ago on Paul Wellman: Single-payer system is way to go

I bet that the people of Colorado will not regret rejecting A69 because it was a massive tax increase on the hopes that then a committee could get together to come up with a plan. Hospitals, including nonprofits, did not think A69 was workable.

The part of healthcare that is under the most stress and the greatest problem for members of the public is catastrophic medical care which hospitals have to provide to people that cannot afford it and causes bankruptcy for patients. That requires that everyone be enrolled to spread the risk and contribute to the costs. Thus, that is likely to be a future solution.

But the daily healthcare of visiting a clinic or a fancy office, of taking generics or expensive pills is what people can figure out for themselves to pay for a supplemental plan, from their own pocket, employer to provide as a benefit or people to pay for a Cadillac plan.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 16 hours ago on Linda Delaney: We'll be watching

Yeah, design a program so that those fortunate to be healthy pay less and those unfortunate to not be healthy are expected to go bankrupt and die.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 18 hours ago on Jim Dudley: Rearranging the deck chairs

Though, there are national health care systems such as in Germany that have multiple payers. What other developed countries have are universal coverage systems in which everyone has health insurance for catastrophic conditions.

The trouble with ObamaCare and made far worse by the Republican proposed bill is that are trying to provide good overall health insurance and that is expensive.

What threatens the stability of the health care system are the uninsured needing life saving treatment because society is not willing to let uninsured people die for lack of treatment, but then is making those with insurance pay for that treatment. That creates a downward spiral of health insurance being too expensive and fewer people being insured.

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