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Thanks Doug and all who are involved. It's great to see that the owners and management are excited about the future of the ski area. The expanded terrain off Pony Express will be great, but I am most excited about the new beginner area. I hope this happens, this is much needed and would really help with retention for the first time and beginning skier and this is so important if we want to continue to grow the sport.
The expansion of Four Points is also very much needed. I know that Four Points has been very successful and could be even more successful if it wasn't so difficult to find seating.
I realize that it is quite easy to forget, maybe even convenient to forget that insurance premiums were rising at an unsustainable rate before the ACA, especially since premiums in ski towns have gone through the roof. Insurance companies should not have been allowed to charge different rates for different regions. The truth is that the rate of increase is slower than it was before the ACA. It's also easy and convenient to forget that before the ACA, folks with pre-existing conditions were effectively excluded from the marketplace. Now, more Americans have health insurance than at any time in our history.
Back to the fundamental question. Is health care a right or a privilege? Should the quantity and quality of health care be determined by someones ability to pay? Should the rich receive better care than the poor? There are obviously differing points of view, but if you're like many of us who believe quality health care is the right of every American, a single payer universal plan is the only solution.
I like the idea of an over/under on Ms. Horn changing her mind before the election. Remember we have 90+ days to go and Trump seems to either tell a yuuuuge whopper or say something really offensive almost daily.
If the free market capitalist model was working, in an increasing market the per unit cost should go down, not up. Let's face it, the for profit model simply doesn't work for health care. Share holders and BOD's demand, (and rightly so), that profits grow at an ever increasing rate. This is what is driving spiraling costs. The quality and availability of care cannot be dependent on profits. This has been tried and it has failed. We mustn't forget that out of control cost increases are what led to the ACA. That and the fact that people with pre-exisitng conditions were effectively excluded from the market place. The ever increasing cost of heath care was creating an unsustainable drain on our economy as more and more of our incomes went to pay for premiums and other health care costs. This is not a new discussion. The health care issue has been recognized as a problem, and been the topic of debate for decades. Obama was just the first president to do something about it. The ACA is not perfect by any means, but it is a start. What we need to do is move beyond the ACA to a fully universal system of health care. It's the only answer.
Trump's not a pathological liar? What did she lie about Russell? When facts are checked, Clinton is one of the most honest politicians out there, when facts are not checked, she is one of the most dishonest. No evidence that Hillary's email was ever hacked. No evidence that she deliberately sought to endanger national security. She admitted to making a mistake. Has anyone ever heard Trump admit to making a mistake?
Costs spiraling out of control is because of free market capitalism and greed. The rest of the world has universal health care and the system works very well. Medical professionals are paid very well, they might not be zillionaires and able to afford multimillion dollar second homes, but they live quite comfortably.
It isn't free, we would pay a higher tax rate, but the increase is offset by having zero insurance premiums to pay and zero deductibles to pay. The free market system doesn't work, it's been tried and it has failed miserably. Health care should be thought of as a public utility, something that is paid for collectively and benefits everyone. It is a mistake to blame the ACA, costs were spiraling out of control before the ACA, people tend to forget that. The cost of medical care is a threat to our economy as more and more of our income goes to medical expense and less and less is available to spend on other goods and services which in turn stimulate the economy.
The problem is that the free market capitalist model does not work when it comes to our health care. There is no way to fix it. The only answer is to move to the universal, single payer model.
Clinton did not lie about how Patricia Smith's son died. If nine GOP led Benghazi investigations aren't enough to prove she didn't lie, then nothing will ever be enough. Gotta wonder about anyone still considering Trump, Gary Johnson is your solution.
Quick reminder Ken, our public water system is not a for profit enterprise.
There is simply no way to provide medical care to all Americans, and control costs, under a free market for profit system. It simply cannot be done and we have seen first hand that the for profit system doesn't work. There are many places were a free market for profit system works very well, but health care isn't among them. In a civilized society, health care should not be allocated based on who can or cannot pay.
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