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Nancy Spillane: Why another secret meeting, Scott Tipton?

Scott Tipton is coming into town on Thursday, Aug. 30 to have another secret meeting. This time it’s with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center hospital administrators and providers.

My question for Mr. Tipton is: Why is this meeting not open to all medical providers in Routt County like Northwest Colorado Health and Mindsprings Health? Organizations like these tend to serve the less advantaged of our citizens and patients. Is that why Mr. Tipton is not meeting with them? He prefers to meet only with corporate health providers?

And speaking of meetings, why will Mr. Tipton not hold an open town hall meeting? He is not had a town hall meeting in Steamboat Springs for years. What is it he fears?

How can we ask him our health care questions like why does he not challenge the Trump administration’s penchant for pushing junk insurance on Americans? Why does he not challenge the high costs of medical care in Routt County — some of the highest in the country?

Why does Mr. Tipton not support the protection of keeping pre-existing conditions mandatory for all health insurance coverage? Why has he supported cuts in mental health services? When given the choice, why did Mr. Tipton vote to protect wealthy health corporate interests at the expense of his constituents?

If one writes these questions to Mr. Tipton, a form letter is sent back. Often times the form letter is on a completely different topic. I’d like to ask him these questions in an open forum, because no one I know gets invited to these secret meetings.

Why not meet with all of your constituents, Mr. Tipton? We’d like you to listen to us, too – not just to the corporate health industry in Colorado.

Nancy Spillane

Oak Creek

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