Congressman Salazar Discussing Health Care

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Colorado Congressman John Salazar spent the morning in Grand Junction on Friday, combing over health care reform topics with local leaders in the industry.

The Congressman now hopes to draw up a plan based on Grand Junction’s successes, and pass it along to the President as an example for health care reform, “This is one of the most efficient and best healthcare systems in America, and we want to use this as a model as healthcare reform as we move forward in a debate.”

Congressman Salazar says he thinks people are leaning more toward cooperative type systems, non–profit cooperatives, like what Grand Junction uses.

The Congressman and the panel talked for nearly two hours about topics ranging from cost–effectiveness, the need for improved access and sharing of patient records, and the ability for the government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

The group also discussed reforms they believe would not work, like the heavily debated public option.

But meantime, across town at the Mesa County Republicans luncheon, opposition to the President's proposed health care reform voiced their concerns.

Charles Pabst with the Mesa County Republicans says his club believes although there has been success in Mesa County, that doesn't mean our formula will work for the rest of the country, “what works in Grand Junction won’t work in New Jersey and won’t work in Seattle.”

Both sides agree, the system needs reform, but just what that reform will end up being is still a long ways off from getting a signature from the President.

Congressman Salazar says he is working on getting approval to host a health care town hall teleconference.

11 News will bring you a date and time as soon as they are finalized.

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