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August 16th, 2009
04:41 AM ET

Model for health care reform?

Grand Junction, Colorado is getting a lot of national attention for its health care model.  Our Betty Nguyen spoke with the mayor of Grand Junction and a doctor who was at the forefront of making this health care plan a reality.  And we're told it's had a major impact on that city.

What's your take? Leave your thoughts below the video.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. mark petti

    You call yourself truth squad….. Funny as that is, you sound more like Obama is the GOD we need squad..With that being said HOW do you PAY for what will cost an estimated 120 bilion a year entitlement program such as this.. Medicare going broke, social security going broke, post office losing 7 billion a year, but Obama is going to put in some eat less fat counseltations and everyone we be healthier and 2/3rds will pay for itself and tax the rich for the rest. I told my dog that story and he tried to bite me. I know that facts get in the way when you are telling a story on CNN but I really could use a laugh today so please answer that?

    August 16, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  2. Edward R Mashek Jr.

    Is President Obama and Congress willing to participate in the new federal health care plan?

    many people do not know that the president, congress, and other office holders at both the federal and state levels enjoy very, very generous benefits(retirement and mdical among them) not shared by the public at large. One of them is their health plan–which we pay for on their behalf.

    i wish ithe press would focus on how generaous these benefits really are botH before and after retirement and ask our office holders including the President:

    " Are you willing to give up your health care plan and voluntarily participate in the one you wish us to participate in"

    THEY COULD ,BUT THEY WONT.

    "WHAT GOOD FOR THE USA IS NOT GOOD FOR GENERAL
    BULLMOOSE"

    August 16, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  3. Robert

    The way this country "circles the wagons" about healthcare is pathetic.!!!
    No one, also not in any of the townhall meetings dares to ask the right question: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RISING COST?
    Answer: THE "BILLING" IS DONE BY THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY AND IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY!!
    Everyone seems to evade that issue, including CNN!!!!
    It is the inefficiency in the industry and "padding" of bills, as well as the antique paperwork which "hides" the inefficiencies.
    The total refusal of Obama to investigate the industry , for instance try to explain a two day hospital bill of a woman for $200,000 as presented on TV by CNN, where your Elizabeth Cohen acted like: I do not really want to know about it!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA; THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY LOBBY HAS OBAMA DANCING TO THEIR TUNE!!!

    August 16, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  4. Pat

    I live in Grand Junction. I can't comment on the plan discussed in this interview, but I will say that after living here for 8 years, as a working professional with good private health care insurance, I am still unable to find a primary care physician. They all say they are not taking new patients and do not have waiting lists. Something in this local plan is NOT working. Apparently doctors do not want to practice here unless they are the specialists who make big dollars at the hospitals.

    August 16, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  5. Mark

    I beleive the Canadian system is only one model the US can use for your system, our system combins public with private and they work well together, For example if I cannot get an MRI in a good timeframe a private MRI facility is available if wanted.
    Part of out problem is also the government passes on the funds for care to the Provincial gov to allocate as they see fit which does not work well sometimes.

    August 16, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  6. joe

    I do not understand how there can be so many interpretations of the points in this bill and that, in my opinion, is the most worrisome issue of all. Mr. Obama claims he will not ration, he will not dictate end of life care, he will not tap our bank accounts, but many reputable news services have in fact listed exact text from the document to the contrary. I believe once we let the government in, they will do what they want because the language is so vague. Therefore, with a bill that seems to have been rushed and a President which tried to bully it through the approval process in addition to language that leaves so much room for interpretation I can not understand how the public should support this bill and I believe it should NOT be passed.

    August 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I come from one of this places where they have health care reform and there is nothing perfect about it and America can certainly look into everything there are doing wrong and that’s is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Right now the government is waiting for any changes in the United States but I would not like to see Puerto Rico using the Health Care Reform in the way that Miami, Florida. It is sad how politics and big bucks gets in the way and people suffer in the end. I have seeing citizens canceled with conditions as Cancer. Massachusetts has being trying to do something similar and they have no being able to do so. I do not appreciate this last minute works that sound so promising but in essence do not carry what we need. What happens if patients cannot pay? What happens to these patients? How Multiple Sclerosis patients treated in Colorado?

    August 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  8. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The best to do this is by having the Congress, the Senate and the President on the program too.

    August 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  9. sharon keninger

    I really appreciated Don Lemon's comments about Repub and Democrats getting along and get healthcare reform figured out. This is when he was talking to the two congressmen this afternoon. Let's PLEASE cut the crap and tell the truth about what will most likely happen for each road we could follow. All we have now is the people who really need this help losing out for another day...year...decade??

    August 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  10. billee Buvia

    we need health care insurance reform. we desperately need a govt option, my senators and representatives in alabama state they will not vote for a bill which include a govt. option i think they are in the pockets of big HEALTH CARE INSURERS the people of alabama need an affordable health care option but we seemed to be ruled by the party of no PLEASE FELLOW CITIZENS OF other states write and call and insist on a government option. i am a nurse of 42 years and i know in where i speak. thank you

    August 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  11. Colin Van Gorder

    If we want equality in health care, we need a one payer system like all the other successful health care systems in the world. Our system is an utter failure. The haves keep telling the have nots that things here are good; but that is simply not true. If what Obama is offering is not better than what we have, we would be discussing the facts not just having one group shout down the other group. The shouters don't want a discussion because they could not win based on the facts. I am not afraid of a government take over of health care-I want a government takeover of health care. The most popular health programs in America are already government programs-Medicare and VA. It's time we had as good a health care as the rest of the industrialized world.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  12. Renonia

    I applaud this effort to bring health care to the citizens of Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as other organized efforts that bring health care to people in our country. But neither this program nor any of the others is the answer to making basic health care available to every American. That responsibility, the administration and distribution of health care and all other benefits of American citizenship, is exclusive to our national government. However, even though it is exclusively the responsibility of our government, nationwide health care must not be accomplished by taking over businesses and transforming them into government organizations or by establishing government organizations that duplicate and assume the operations of businesses that deliver health care in its various aspects, ultimately displacing those profitable enterprises that employ people with organizations that cost us taxes instead. That's probably what some people who've been warning us about socialism have been saying.

    As long as our government, which does its business exceedingly well, can accomplish nationwide health care by procuring the necessary insurances and other products from health care businesses which will remain in the business sector, and by hiring the necessary professionals to administer it and distribute the medical services and medicines by interacting with our hospitals, clinics and other health care businesses, we'll succeed in getting health care to all Americans. There's no doubt in my mind about it. We're not negligent as a country in our efforts to distribute the benefits of citizenship to every American. We have Medicare. Let's find a way to make it available to every American citizen without regard to age.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  13. Blake Green

    There seems to be a paucity of coverage of positive Town Halls in favor of Health Care Reform like those that took place in California's 13 District held by Rep. Pete Stark who played a large role in writing the House Bill. Is your coverage of this topic being influenced by your sponsors (i.e. pharmaceutical and insurance companies). Please keep in mind most American live in places outside the South and Midwest, and continued coverage of a vocal minority distorts the reality and distracts people from the real issues (esp. that profit motive denies patients coverage).

    August 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm |