Neil O'Keeffe

Neil O'Keeffe 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Routt County maintains reputation as 1 of healthiest places in Colorado

Not to burst the good news bubble for the day but the most likely answer to Chris Hadlock's question is probably an eye opener to many. According to the Colorado Depart of Public Health, Routt and Moffatt counties have higher than the state average of deaths (per capita) attributed to Suicide, Non motor vehicle unintentional injuries, Motor Vehicle unintentional injuries and Total unintentional injuries. Moffatt has higher per capita deaths related to Heart Disease, Chronic Lower Respiratory Dz, and Lung Cancer (think it could be related to coal mining)?

Yes we may have a higher percentage of healthier than average state residents but we also have an unhealthier percentage as well as a higher incidence of acute and chronic issues related to sports injuries. That is the yin and the yang of it and quite likely why our health insurance will always be more here than in higher populated areas of the state. At least until we graduate to a single payer system where the losses of the few are truly paid by the premiums/taxes of the many.

http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/chaps/Documents/PHIPs/RouttandMoffatCommunityHealthImprovementPlan.pdf

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Neil O'Keeffe 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Seasonal Steamboat Ski Area employees will no longer receive health insurance from Intrawest

Not talking points Dan, stubborn facts. Something your group knows nothing about. By the way Fox News is a misnomer since news requires facts and relevance. Fox even went to court to prove they are an Entertainment Network not a News Network so they could be protected from the various slander, libel and defamation of character lawsuits against them.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/01/09/288674/-Why-Limbaugh-or-Fox-News-Are-Never-Sued-for-Libel

This sums up your go to Entertainment/News source:

"In tort law a plaintiff cannot bring a libel lawsuit against a defendant with a public reputation as a liar. The legal reasoning is that a known liar cannot damage the reputation of anybody, because nobody will believe the slanderous remarks of a known public liar! That means that Limbaugh, Hannity and O' Reilly have made so many inaccurate, misleading and untruthful remarks about various people that they cannot be sued for libel because any reasonable person would never believe anything they said. So goes the precedent of law."

"ANY REASONABLE PERSON WOULD NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY SAID." now that is too funny!

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Neil O'Keeffe 1 month ago on Seasonal Steamboat Ski Area employees will no longer receive health insurance from Intrawest

Mark and Steve, Interesting how your vaunted free market didn't play a role in this. Ski corp or its parent has been cutting health care benefits to its employees slowly but surely over the last 10+ years. The free market solution for those part time/seasonal employes left high and dry at the end of the season was COBRA and the costs were astronomical and many chose to roll the dice and went without. So in the event of an injury or illness while uninsured guess who foots the bill, those of us who are insured via higher premiums or the tax payer. The insurance companies don't take the hit that's for sure. So now that the ski corp has eliminated insurance for seasonal workers all together, these same people can now (if they choose) have year round insurance through the ACA that is probably not much more expensive than their 6 months of coverage under COBRA. And guess what, if they have an injury or illness, they will not be dipping into your precious pockets. Now doesn't that make you warm and fuzzy all over? You two wouldn't know the meaning of compassion if it hit you in the face.

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Neil O'Keeffe 1 month ago on As Steamboat Springs' capital needs grow, city manager suggests new revenue source may be needed

Mark, it has no ill effect throughout Florida as second homeowners pay a higher property tax via the Homestead Act than do primary residences. You really think those owners having to pay a couple hundred dollars more a month will take their homes elsewhere? Not likely.

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Neil O'Keeffe 1 month ago on March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Moffat, Routt County residents

Why don't you run for office Steve, you seem to have an abundance of opinions. This may be the only way for you to realize that your opinions are shared by a shrinking minority of individuals. Have fun on that island of yours!

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Neil O'Keeffe 1 month ago on March 31 deadline looms for uninsured Moffat, Routt County residents

Siting scripture, now that about sums it up. You want government out of just about everything but your religion. Irony abounds!

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