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Letter: Jankovsky fought ‘resort’ designation

I endorse Tom Jankovsky for Garfield County commissioner. As a citizen of Garfield County, our health-care premiums were set to skyrocket just because we happen to reside in the same part of the state as a lot of wealthy people. But I’m not one of those people.

Our government, under the mandated Affordable Healthcare Act, was prepared to saddle the citizens of Garfield County with a “resort region” designation that would make our health-care premiums not only the highest in Colorado, but the highest in the country. Just because we are geographically close to the privileged enclaves of Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge doesn’t mean we should bear a greater financial burden, especially when the majority of people living in Garfield County are working hard just to make ends meet.

Tom lobbied tirelessly to get the “resort” designation changed. He understood that in addition to an already-weak economy, this would be a devastating financial blow to many residents. He took the fight to the governor, the state insurance commissioners and state legislators, even going so far as to threaten to sue the state if the designation was not changed.

Thanks to Tom‘s efforts, the “resort” designation was changed. Garfield County is now the same rate zone as the rest of western Colorado. Our health-care premiums are high enough as it is. Thank you to Tom Jankovsky for looking out for the working people of Garfield County. Vote to re-elect Tom Jankovsky for county commissioner.

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